At this special 18-30s event, Jago Wynne explores how we might start our working lives well – integrating faith and work from the outset.
Jago’s presentation is available as a pdf here.
Does measuring performance have to import the world’s target culture obsessed with achievement? If we do measure performance, how do we avoid making people feel judged, driven and devalued? Is it really possible for leaders in any workplace to measure in ways that encourage human flourishing?
This event launches a new booklet by Paul Valler in the Grove leadership series: Using Measurement Well (focusing on purpose without damaging relationships). Paul reviews the theological arguments for and against measurement and explore how a biblical framework can help us to understand what ‘good’ looks like when measuring performance. Showing how the way we measure can improve our organisational culture, this is for leaders in all types of organisation.
Paul Valler is a former Finance and Operations Director for Hewlett-Packard Ltd. With over 25 years of church leadership experience, he is now a mentor for ministers and Christian business people.
On the surface it looks easy. The website of the organisation you work for – be it a business, charity, or school – says that it values honesty, integrity, and hard work. It has a high concern for employee well-being and a healthy work-life balance. There seems to be a lot of overlap between these values and some of the characteristics of being a follower of Christ. Should a Christian make a model employee?
In the day-to-day experience, it can be anything but easy. Maybe your organisation’s ‘values’ are being quietly undermined by your manager? Should you say something? Maybe your embodiment of these values has found reward in raises and promotion? Or the early joy has been tarnished by increasing (and unspoken) demands on your time – what work-life balance? Should a Christian be a difficult employee?
Doctoral student and business ethics whizz Mark Sampson thoughtfully helps us take an honest look at the motivations behind our work. He helps explore where Christian values both compliment and clash with those required by employers and ask how we can do good work without letting the world’s rewards of salary, status, and power take hold of our hearts.
This inaugural lecture is on the theme of ‘Creation Care’ and marks John Stott’s contribution to double-listening, to both the Word and the world. Organised by A Rocha International, in partnership with LICC. A Rocha UK, All Souls Langham Place and Langham Partnership International, it was held at ZSL London Zoo, near to where John Stott spent his childhood years.
Our desires and dreams are framed by certain ‘stories’ about what life should be, and some of today’s most persuasive cultural drivers – capitalism and consumerism – co-opt the Christian faith and church life as convenient ‘resources’ in a quest for personal fulfilment.
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