Spirituality and religion have, for the most part, been separate provinces from the workplace and organizational life. Not only were you asked to check your brain in at the door, but also your heart. However, in recent years, many people have been not only exploring but finding ways to nourish the intersection of spirituality and organizations.
THE SPIRIT IN BUSINESS WORLD CONFERENCE WAS RECENTLY COMPLETED. FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY PEOPLE FROM 30 COUNTRIES ATTENDED THIS WATERSHED EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY APRIL 21 -23, 2002. SIXTY PRESENTERS WERE AMONG THOSE PRESENT TO HELP CREATE THE FOUNDATION FOR CONTINUING THE IMPORTANT WORK OF UNCOVERING THE TRUTH THAT SPIRIT IS A PART OF BUSINESS THAT CAN HELP IMPROVE BOTTOM LINES AS WELL AS QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES FOR INDIVIDUALS, COMPANIES AND COMMUNITIES
Axiom: It is believed that a work force intrinsically motivated by values that fit a personal faith (when available) is a more effective and highly performing team
Mission: Enhance work performance and personal inspiration by integrating ethics, value and spirit in leadership and everyday business practices.Aim: Intentional integration of a Positive Attitude (Spirit) into all of organization activities that each employee might be motivated by their own spiritual center.
Job Description, General: Aids in the overall health and wellness of an organization by training, coaching, consultation and counseling, Attending the Spirit of the organization: Nourishing of personal and faith-related values among employees, of all Wisdom traditions. This developing discipline is also goes by the name of "Marketplace Chaplain."
Job Specifics: the Corporate Chaplain would:
Contribute informational and educational materials and processes that would help all employees integrate their faith practice and spiritual journey into their regular daily work.
Suggest and explain a wellness model that is balanced between the physical, mental, emotional, religious and spiritual aspects of life.
Realize that we come to the community table from a variety of wisdom traditions, and that in a post-denominational world, new forms of worship and cooperation can be found.
Recognize the importance of every employee and volunteer having a need for a spiritual center and providing a variety of opportunities for this to be accepted and embraced.
Demonstrate by an interdenominational acceptance and respect, the basis for further cooperation between the various faiths in the local community.
Explain how the servant leadership model of Jesus, for example, is related to the best of current leadership theory and practice: workshops, retreats, discussion groups, and modeling.
Encourage a deeper faith commitment by all employees by faith study and prayer support groups, that is, willingness to be more deeply committed to their own spiritual journey.
Assist all employees find and sustain appropriate communities of faith for worship and nurturing that can support their personal spiritual journey.
Provide mentoring and coaching for the personal journey via guidance and counseling.
Offer courses on mentoring & coaching so that employees can learn to mentor each other.
Construct and Provide a curriculum for the discernment of spiritual gifts for one's life-vocation and a personal mission statement that includes a faith commitment.
Develop and Provide a nonjudgmental sacramental ministry to all divorced and alienated Catholics and other Christians.
Lead and facilitate both Days of Recollection and weekend retreats on a variety of Spiritual topics.
Provide, when useful or requested, worship, both interdenominational and interfaith: Word and Eucharist.
Visualize ministry as a team effort, in which we are all co-disciples for the sake of the Reign of God. The priestliness of the laity, for the Christian, from their Baptism, is the primary source of grace.
Respect the stages of moral development and the stages of spiritual development and would meet each employee and volunteer where they are, in their own situation.
Assist care-givers be more at ease and skillful in helping recipients realize the central role of a personal faith. Little professional development in any discipline today addresses the central role of faith in healing. Even when their own faith is strong, most care-givers are hesitant to do this.
Serve as a bridge builder between all community services led by faith values. As Merton said in Asia: "We are already One."
Provide training, counseling and guidance in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Stress Management for personnel when needed. Corporate Chaplain is a resource readily available.
Requirements: Experience in interfaith chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, with a background in behavioral science and organizational dynamics: a track record of already performing the above activities; applying psychology to the workplace, with background in theology, ordination, experience in interfaith dialogue, facilitating retreats, and in empowering others for their spiritual journey; recognition of the central role of grace and Mystery.
SPIRITUALITY AT WORK:
Association of Spirit at Work (ASAW)
Home page: www.spiritatwork.com
Spirit in Business Conference (Mission: Enhance business performance and personal inspiration by integrating ethics, value and spirit in leadership and everyday business practices around the world)
Lee Bolman and Terence Deal. Leading with Soul-An uncommon Journey of Spirit. Jossey-Bass, 1994.
Alan Brisken. The Stirring of the Soul in the Workplace. Jossey-Bass, 1996.
Jay Conger et al. Spirit at Work (Discovering the Spirituality in Leadership). Jossey-Bass, 1994
Thomas Erickson. Work and Spirit, 1995. http://www.pliant.org/personal/Tom_Erickson/WorkAndSpirit.html