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While I love the topic of Leadership, there is One I follow. Posts in this section are about how my passion to follow Jesus more closely affects my life and legacy.

Survey Results Part 2

March 8, 2016

Part 2 of our thoughts on the 2015 survey asking people about their experiences with the Christian faith in the Workplace.

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Survey Results Part 1

March 5, 2016

We ran a poll on this website for 5 months, from January 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015.  Please accept my apologies for the delay reporting the results.

We had 591 completed responses and 259 incomplete responses.  Of the 591 responses, Continue Reading…

Survey Drawing Winner

July 19, 2015

Well, the Faith in the Workplace survey is complete. We closed the polling May 31.  Thank you very much for taking the survey.  We used Polldaddy, which is the polling service built into WordPress.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be evaluating the responses. We had 591 complete surveys taken.  Another 259 were not completed (30%). Of the completed surveys, 517 people offered to allow us to ask some follow up questions and we’ve already talked or emailed with about a dozen.  We plan to reach out to some other people in the next month or so.

I’m grateful and amazed. To everyone who took the survey, thank you very much.  Of the completed surveys, 90% or 534 people self-identified as Christian by answering “yes” to the question, “Do you consider yourself a Christian?” Another 50 people answered “no” to the same question, while 4 answered “I’d rather not say,” and 3 answered “I’m not sure.”  Of those identifying as Christian, 43 people said they were employed full-time by a church or para-church organization.

Many people questioned the survey. My goal was to get answers from those 3 groups of people: Christians who worked for an organization directly involved in the faith, Christians who did other, non-faith-related work, and non-Christians.  The questions for each group were different, and several people asked why.  The reason was we were looking for different information from each of the groups.  For the non-Christians, we wanted to know about their perceptions of Christians with whom they have had a personal interaction.  For the Christians in the secular workplace, we wanted to understand their attitudes about how they live and share their faith in their everyday lives. And for the Christians who work for a church, we wanted to get their perceptions of those Christians who do not work for the church.

In the end, we are extremely pleased and grateful for the results.  We got a variety of responses, but some themes cross all the groups.  For example, I still have some analysis to do, but the overwhelming majority of respondents mention something about the need for Christians to wait to be asked before talking about their faith.  Most also feel Christians shouldn’t assume they’re right and everyone else is wrong.  I’ll be evaluating the results for a few weeks and will have more to say on the blog and in what I hope becomes a book very soon.  In the end, since this was my first survey, I have learned much and expect to learn a lot more as I analyze, interview and write.  Again, thank you for your interest and participation.

33088386_sA total of 357 people entered the drawing.  The winner was Rita Pauley.  Her name was selected randomly and she received a $100 Amazon gift card. Congratulations to Rita!

Do you have any other thoughts about my idea or the survey?  Please feel free to share below.  This is part of a project to write about how Christians can be more relevant in the world today without being a pain in the you-know-what. We (yes, I’m a Christ-follower) can and should live our faith individually, responsibly and in a way that serves our friends and community rather than ignoring or offending them.  As always, your thoughts are welcome. Thanks again.

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We’ve received almost 400 responses to our survey so far. Here are 3 lessons I’ve learned from spending a couple of days reviewing responses and reflecting.

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The Original Stupid Idea

January 26, 2015

A while back, I completed The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton with Natalie Norton. As the authors state in the subtitle, starting something stupid is a great way to crush fear, make Continue Reading…

Leaders and Goals

January 22, 2015

My Goal for 2015

I recently read Seth Godin’s What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn). The book challenged me to set some goals and make sure I take my turn. At my age, I’m beginning to realize Continue Reading…

Faith in Everyday Life

January 19, 2015

Are you the kind of person that believes that religion is like opinions… everyone has them, but the world’s a better place if we’d all keep ours to ourselves?

I’m not a fan of religion. I follow a person, Jesus, and try to conform my life to what his book says. Continue Reading…

I often wonder what difference the Christian faith makes in the world today?  There is a global, macro question: What difference does faith make in world politics?  What difference does it make in the struggle between Continue Reading…

The Opposite of Arrogance

September 29, 2014

When I graduated from college, a long time ago, I was pretty sure I knew just about everything. I figured everything I didn’t know didn’t matter. But I’ve managed to learn more, and the more I learn…

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It’s been too long. Many of you even reached out to me to ask for an update before now.

Please don’t let the delay in my response communicate a lack of gratitude. We are grateful for your friendship and your prayers.  We know they matter.

scan0001God provides strength for Vicky every day. Some days she needs less strength and some she needs more. She’s been seeing a doctor who’s not covered by our insurance simply because we’re willing to try different things. We’ve also spent some time trying to eat more naturally. And she has noticed that some of the foods we routinely eat do cause her some grief.  That’s all been good.

So we continue and God continues and we are grateful for you if you continued. Please also feel free to let me know how we can pray for you. A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken.  Thank you for your connection, friendship and prayers.