Identity, Calling, and Workplace Spirituality integrates theological scholarship on the construct of work and calling with organizational psychology research on workplace spirituality and career fit. Thomas V. Frederick and Scott E. Dunbar integrate these two domains to advance theological scholarship on vocation, work, and human nature. This focus provides crucial insights in terms of understanding how a Christian’s work fulfills a God-given calling and reflects the Christian doctrine of the image of God.
Thomas V. Frederick is professor of psychology at California Baptist University.
Scott E. Dunbar is associate professor of human resource management at California Baptist University.
Chapter 1: Image of God, Identity, and Differentiation in Christ
Chapter 2: Differentiation in Christ, Calling, and Career Choice
Chapter 3: Meaning Making and Work
Chapter 4: Work, Calling, and Finding One’s Career Fit – Developing a Specific Career Discernment Process Based on Differentiation of Self in Christ
Chapter 5: Work, Vocational Calling, and Finding One’s Career Fit Work
Chapter 6: Principles for Living Out One’s Calling
Chapter 7: The Heart Call and the Organization
Thomas V. Frederick and Scott E. Dunbar have skillfully developed an interdisciplinary resource that combines current theological scholarship on work and calling with psychological research on workplace spirituality and career fit. In this unique work, the authors propose a process inspired by career counseling, which takes the reader on a journey to examine the relationship between Christian identity, calling, and career choice. As a professor at a Christian university, I see great value in assigning this text as a supplemental reading for graduate students or other academics interested in Industrial Organizational psychology or Christian vocations. I have no doubt readers will find both biblical and academic concepts helpful and applicable to the way they view the concept of work.