Integrate Faith and Work

You Don’t Have to Choose


Have you ever felt like you have had to choose between your faith and the values of your work? Many find themselves in such a situation today, which reflects on leaders today. Brett Biggs, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walmart, believes that good leadership should bridge the gap between faith and work. Doing so frees people to be their best.

Brett Biggs is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart where he is responsible for accounting and control, corporate strategy and development, business planning and analysis, internal auditing, treasury, tax, global shared services and several other key areas of the company.



During his nearly two decades with Walmart, Brett shared that he has never had to choose between his work and his faith. Rather, the freedom to express his faith has deeply informed the way he goes about his work, especially in pursuing excellence. 

What has your experience been with living out your faith in the workplace? How has it impacted your perspective on your work? How has it informed the way you lead today?
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What place does ambition hold in your life? How does it influence your work life? What effect does it have on those you lead?
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Brett explained how a commitment to excellence is a biblical concept, but one we should pursue for the sake of serving others. How do you pursue excellence in your work? In what ways do you use your commitment to excellence to serve your people? How could you improve in this area?
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God has created us all with potential and it is biblical for us to pursue that with ambition, but we should always do so with others in mind. In the same way, our values and ethics in the workplace ought to serve our people well, all the while remaining rooted in the truth of God's Word.  



All companies operate according to a foundation of core values. They establish guidelines and parameters that communicate the vision of an organization. And as Brett said, when they are made well they should never have to change. 

What are the core values of your organization? In what ways are they communicated? How do they influence the day-to-day work of your people?
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Are the core values of your company in alignment with your personal core values outside of work? Why or why not?
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What ethical standards do the core values of your organization place upon your people? What impact do those standards have on their work?
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As you consider the core values of your company can you identify any changes that need to be made? If so, what are they? How will you take steps toward those changes in the days ahead?
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The culture of a business will follow the values of its leadership. When people are forced to choose between their faith and their work, they will burn out quickly. Good leaders create core values devoted to universal truths and serving others. Take some time to consider your own leadership and take whatever steps are necessary to help your people incorporate their faith into their work.


See more from Brett in his course It Starts at the Top: Faith and Work Integrated.