EVANGELICAL Christians are hard workers, often
putting in long hours, a report from the Evangelical Alliance
More than a third (37 per cent) work more than 40
hours per week, and among men the figure rises to half. Seven per
cent work more than 60 hours.
But the report,Working faithfully?, found
that only 59 per cent felt that they achieved a good work-life
balance, and only fractionally more than half (53 per cent) thought
that they had an acceptable workload. More than a third (35 per
cent) regularly brought work home with them.
But the figures suggest that Evangelicals are very
committed to their work; 47 per cent were in their job for more
than ten years, and 27 per cent of these for more than 20 years.
Some 62 per cent had never been made redundant or lost their job.
They also enjoyed their labours. Only 11 per cent got bored, and 84
per cent felt valued for the work that they did.
The survey was based on follow-up questioning of more
than 17,000 respondents for 21st-Century Evangelicals, a series of
research booklets first produced for a group of Evangelical
organisations in 2011.
It found that feeling fulfilled and helping others
were more important factors for Evangelical Christians than
making money. Only 22 per cent said that a good rate of pay was
very important when looking for work. Almost 70 per cent felt a
strong sense of calling to their work; and 59 per cent said an
op-portunity to serve and help others in their work was very