A Christian Perspective on Hiring, Recruiting, and Managing

Aug 5, 2013, Written by Sue Miley

What does it look like to hire, and manage, your team from a Christian perspective?  We don’t want to discriminate in our business and many Christians in business don’t have a faith-based business where the team needs to be a believer to provide the service or product.  However, as a believer, we want to let our light shine and follow Christ in our business.  If we follow Christ in our hiring decisions and manage our team based on our values, we will surely glorify God.

I came up with three (3) P’s to follow Christ when building our team:

repare

We need to prepare to hire the best team for our business by:

  • Clearly establish the core values of your business.  They can be Christian values like do not lie, do not steal, treat others as you would want to be treated.   Make sure anyone you hire is aligned with these values and hold people accountable to live these values in your business.
  • Creating a Christ-centered culture for your business.  All this really means is treating people fairly, being an open and communicating team, bringing together a diverse group as the body of Christ has different parts, etc.

P ray

God cares about our business and wants to hear our prayers.  As we build our team, we should:

  • Pray for God’s wisdom and discernment in making our hiring decisions.
  • Pray that God will bring the right people for our team to us.
  • Pray for our team.  Each individually and for them as a group.
  • Pray that we can be Godly leaders for our team.

P erform

We have to execute to keep our business strong and it isn’t wrong to hold our team accountable for performance.  We can do this by:

  • Setting a good example by performing all that we do with the goal of glorifying God.
  • Holding our team consistently accountable for performing their responsibilities.
  • Creating strong performance criteria and a fair performance management system for you business.

None of these activities are discriminatory in any way.  As a matter of fact, if you hire employees that may or may not be Christians, showing a strong foundation and building your team on Christian values may be the seed they needed to find their way to God.

We have a responsibility to share our faith.  It’s in the bible.  How we do it is a little more flexible.  I feel that our business is an incredible opportunity to show and share our faith.

Before I was a Christian I worked for a company that had many believers working there.  But I couldn’t tell.  I didn’t see it in the company culture or values.  No one spoke of their faith, which isn’t necessary, however, I couldn’t necessarily tell from their life that things were different with them.

Being a Christian doesn’t make us perfect.  At least not in our actions.  But I do believe the Holy Spirit is alive in us and will shine through if we are open vessels and live our business life with Christ at the center.  We don’t have to force our light on.  All we have to do is glorify God and it will show.

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.