Discover God’s story for work through carefully selected readings and engaging teaching.
Equipping young professionals to develop a Christ-centric passion for work
100% spiritual development. 100% professional development.
Culture will be shaped by the next generation of leaders.
It is crucial that these leaders understand their work in light of the gospel. That they develop a passion for work and model for leadership rooted in God’s story. That they conquer the practical challenges of growing a career through the framework of their faith.
These are the leaders who will make an eternal impact on the world.
The Workmatters Institute is a 16-week exclusive and intensive faith and leadership development program that helps career-minded young professionals discover and apply God’s purpose for their work.
THIS BRINGS CLARITY TO THE PURPOSE OF WORK, AND THE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS MIND-BOGGLING. YOU CAN NEVER APPROACH YOUR WORK THE SAME.Kali Davis Account Executive - Proctor & Gamble
Each semester we select up to 16 young professionals (age 25-35) who are hungry to grow spiritually and professionally. Every week you will gather with these like-minded peers for one of four activities: mentorship, an executive speaker, teaching or an excursion. Through these program elements and the carefully curated curriculum you will develop a deep network of like-minded professionals and a clear vision and tools for your leadership at work.
It reframed my relationship with the Lord. I realized that I had functionally separated my faith and my work. I learned how to intentionally put them together. It helped me take specific action on a day to day basis with people I can love and serve.
It was huge for me to learn to be myself fully, not changing who I am for a role. WMI really is all about learning practical ways to bring your faith to work, in a community of likeminded people. It completely changed the way I go to work. WMI is invaluable.
I try everyday to be a servant leader, but I never would have imagined the positive feedback I received from my manager in my last review. It's a reflection of the kind of influence and impact WMI has had on my personal and professional life.
The leadership skills I learned in 16 weeks in WMI would have taken years in the normal flow of the workplace -- and the learning is more valuable and intuitive, because you don't have to reinterpret through a faith lens. That's where it all comes from.
Sponsoring the Workmatters Institute enables you to send one or more of your rising stars through the program, and it links your brand or company with a community of young professional talent.
WMI participants aren’t sitting in auditoriums like typical leadership development programs. They’re sitting around the table with some of the top minds and leaders in Northwest Arkansas’ rich and diverse business community, processing deep faith and business concepts and applying them in a real-time and practical way.
The most talented young professionals are looking for depth and authenticity, development and opportunity, and a rich community of peers and mentors to help them achieve more and make a faster impact. WMI gives them that.
Bottom line, they will leave their WMI experience at a whole new level of leadership.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ben Kirksey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Workmatters Institute?
The Workmatters Institute is an exclusive and intensive leadership program that equips young professionals with the framework and tools needed for biblical leadership in the workplace. We help young leaders apply their faith at work.
Why focus on Young Professionals?
We believe that our vision of impacting the culture for Christ through the workplace can only be accomplished if we empower the next generation of leaders. Our intent is that the investment of the Workmatters Institute will help set the spiritual and leadership trajectories of young leaders, yielding a lifetime of influence.
Do I have to be a Christian to participate in the Workmatters Institute?
Yes, we do ask all applicants to affirm a statement of faith (Apostle’s Creed). We want to create an environment where the WMI class, speakers, and mentors are all working from the same base of beliefs, which will enable rich conversation around how faith is expressed in their work. We do not have a denominational affiliation.
Do I have to have a job to participate in the Workmatters Institute?
Yes, we want those participating in WMI to also be active in some form of out-of-the-home work. We believe this context is important for class discussions and personal application, as the content focuses on applying faith into this form of work.
I’m outside of the age range (25-35). Can I still apply?
Yes, if you are just outside of the age range you are still welcome to apply. We expect that there will be a small number of participants outside of the 25-35 range.
How much is tuition and what does it go toward?
Tuition is $1,000, which covers books, materials, excursions, training and several meals. Every penny goes toward the Institute experience. The actual cost per student is much more – we are able to offer tuition at this amount because of the generous giving of our sponsors and donors.
Are there scholarships available and how do I apply?
Yes, there are need-based scholarships available. You can apply for this financial assistance in your application.
What is the time commitment for the Workmatters Institute?
Each Workmatters Institute session lasts 16 weeks. You can expect about one weekday session after work hours and 2-3 hours of reading and prep each week. There are five excursions, either on a Saturday or a weeknight.
Can I miss sessions and still graduate?
You can miss up to four sessions and still complete the Workmatters Institute. We recognize that there will be emergencies and will work with you if and when that occurs. However, we do strongly encourage commitment to all aspects of the program.
How does the mentorship process work?
We will facilitate small mentoring groups. You and 2-3 other participants will be matched with a senior leader according to feedback given throughout the application and interviewing process. Our intent is that other 1:1 mentoring relationships will emerge organically from these and other structured sessions.