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Richard Stearns

Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World

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    At work, Christians should remember their main job – acting as ambassadors for Christ.

    After attending church on Sunday, going into work on Monday morning, for many Christians, can feel like entering another world. The language and values of the secular workplace often seem completely unrelated to faith.

    So how to deal with this abrupt change in culture? Compartmentalize? Treat faith and career as two separate worlds?

    The author argues that Christians should actually aim to integrate their religious values with their work. After all, a Christian has only one true job – not company director or office manager, but ambassador of Christ.

    This is the key message: At work, Christians should remember their main job acting as ambassadors for Christ.

    Many of us spend so much time at work that it can lead to a loss of our personal identities. Christians must act with intention to prevent faith from becoming walled off from the rest of life. This means acting according to Christian values always and everywhere – in the office as well as in church.

    People in leadership roles have an additional, important responsibility, regardless of how many they lead. The anthropologist Margaret Mead observed that even a small group of people has the power to change the world. This is evident when you think of the construction of bridges and skyscrapers, or the invention of vaccines or smartphones – they’re all the result of group efforts. A group can achieve so much more, as people contribute their different skills and abilities.

    Considering the enormous potential, it makes sense that the character and behavior of the group leader are particularly important. You need only look at responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from leaders in every kind of institution to understand the importance of leadership style. Some leaders unite their communities, while others foster division.

    Leadership is important to God too. He doesn’t care if someone’s a CEO, but does care how a person leads.

    So, how should Christians lead? How should they act at work? Clearly, the Bible has many of the answers. And as you’ll see in the following blinks, the author’s own life story can provide inspiration for Christians trying to integrate their faith more deeply with their working lives.

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    What is Lead Like It Matters to God about?

    Lead Like It Matters to God (2021) is a reminder to Christians that work isn’t just about money and status. Stearns uses his own career experiences to offer guidance to Christians in leadership positions. He outlines the key values to prioritize and gives practical suggestions for improving organizations and creating a more positive working environment.

    Who should read Lead Like It Matters to God?

    • Leaders and aspiring leaders
    • Christians contemplating their careers
    • People who want to integrate their religious values with their working lives

    About the Author

    Richard Stearns was president of the international Christian relief organization World Vision United States for 20 years. He writes on poverty and AIDS for various US newspapers and magazines and has written several books, including the award-winning best seller The Hole in Our Gospel.

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