Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

Workplace spirituality: A tool or a trend?

Philip J.W. Schutte
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3294 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3294 | © 2016 Philip J.W. Schutte | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 December 2015 | Published: 19 August 2016

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Philip J.W. Schutte, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, South Africa


Workplace spirituality is a construct widely discussed over the past few decades and it is a much-disputed inquiry field which is gaining the interest of practitioners and scholars. Some clarifications regarding concepts and definitions are necessary in order to structure and direct the current debate. The aim of this conceptual article is to gain a better understanding regarding the direction in which this field of study is progressing and to put the question on the table namely, whether workplace spirituality is only a new tool to be used in leadership development or is it a trend to be taken seriously? The results showed that this field has potential to further development. This article can be used as foundation for future studies within the knowledge area of practical theology.


Spirituality; Workplace; Leadership; Practical theology; Relationship; Identity; Organization


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