A Primer on Faith & Work
The Call to Commerce: 6 Ways to Love Your Neighbor Through BusinessFree E-Book
Scatter is an online learning platform applying Christian faith to themes of calling, culture, and work in diverse roles and industries.“The Purpose of Business“ course asks, “Is there also a way to link the heart of Christian faith to the actual day-to-day work of business?”
Suggested books, websites & articles
Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to be Fixed), by Jeff Van Duzer. If you’re going to read just one book on Christian faith and business, this should be it. Van Duzer’s book is theologically informed, loaded with great examples, and fantastically clear. I was able to pick out the dual purpose of business (1. Serving the community through providing goods and services and 2. Providing meaningful, creative work for employees) in no time. If you’re going to go through a book with other business leaders – pick this one. You won’t be disappointed.
Believers in Business, by Laura Nash. The authoritative study on how Christian CEOs integrate (or not) their faith with their business. Over eighty-five case studies show how most Christian leaders in business don’t draw on their faith to make business decisions.
Business as Calling: Work and the Examined Life, by Michael Novak. A comprehensive look at vocation and business from a prominent Catholic economist and philosopher. Deep, yet valuable.
Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization, by Helen J. Alford. A comprehensive guide to Catholic social thought on everything from marketing and job design to compensation and product development. Quite academic, but a great resource for the thoughtful business leader.
Business for the Common Good, by Kenman L. Wong and Scott Rae. A fantastic overview of nearly all elements of business from a Christian worldview. Highly recommended.
Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide To Theory and Practice, by C. Neal Johnson. The introductory guide to the world of business as mission.
Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace, by Alexander Hill. An exploration of God’s holiness, justice and love as applied to the practice of business.
Doing God’s Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace, by R. Paul Stevens. A good, introductory work to faith and business, with a bent toward spiritual formation and personal holiness.
“What’s a Business For?“ by Charles Handy. An insightful Harvard Business Review article that points beyond profit to find the purpose of business.
The Vocation of Business: Social Justice in the Marketplace, by John C. Medaille. A comprehensive textbook covering nearly all topics related to Catholic social thought on business.