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Called to work: A descriptive analysis of Call42’s research on faith and work in South Africa

Dion Forster
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 79, No 2 | a2143 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v79i2.2143 | © 2014 Dion Forster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 September 2013 | Published: 21 November 2014

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Dion Forster, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Very little empirical research has been conducted into faith and work, particularly as it relates to the experience and expectations of Christians in the world of work in South Africa. This article discusses the most recent research of this kind that was conducted by Call42. Call42 conducted an empirical research project on faith, calling, and the world of work between 2011 and 2012. The findings were released to the public after July 2012. Not only is this the most up to date data on this subject at present; the research findings and research process are also worthy of academic consideration. The Call42 research was initiated and commissioned by a group of young Christian professionals (mainly engineers) and as such it brings a perspective on faith and work from within the primary context of the world of work, rather than the theological academy or the church. The findings of the research have implications for the church and its officers (priests, pastors and leaders). It also arrives at some conclusions for Christians in the world of work, students who are contemplating a vocation or career path, and companies and organisations that have an explicit or implicit Christian orientation.


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