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-Use of energy, physical or mental, for the purpose of improving human life. It is any activity that requires expenditure of energy or application of skills e.g. studying, teaching, cooking, farming etc.


Work can be described as a vocation, profession, trade, craft, career or a job.

Vocation is from a Latin word “Vocare” which means call. Christians believe that every individual has been called of God to various duties.

Vocation is work that requires special skills, special training or a unique call or a special mission in society.


-Work that is characterized by a code of ethics, lengthy specialized training, advance knowledge and self – disciple. Professionals have their own set standards. The professionals determine entry requirements for new members and usually have machinery for dealing with errant members. E.g. Law, medicine, architecture etc

A trade

-Refers to an occupation, a way of making a living. Some trades require specialized training examples hairdressing

A craft

An occupation which requires manipulative skills or use of the hands e.g. woodcarving, pottery, weaving. A craft may be a trade depending on the nature of occupation.

A career

-An occupation that one chooses to pursue in his/her life. It’s the general way of earning a living.


Refers to tasks performed, services rendered in return for payment of wages. Most jobs are temporary others casual and others permanent and pension able.

What determines one’s career, vocation?

1. Available opportunities for future development in a particular job

2. The need to serve others especially the church and the needy

3. Interests, strengths, talents, abilities

4. Inclination or attraction to a certain kind of work

5. Pressure from parents, peers etc

General reasons why people work

a) It’s an essential element of life

b) God ordained work. Humans work for their food

c) Work contributes to the development of the community

d) Work is personal. It defines a person

e) People work to earn a living

f) People work for enjoyment, leisure

g) To assist and give to the needy

h) To get luxuries

i) People work to raise their standards of living

j) For self satisfaction and fulfillment

k) For personal development

l) To keep a person occupied and not idle

m) To acquire wealth and status in the society

n) To socialize with other members of the society

o) To attain independence and not depend on someone else TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ATTITUDE TO WORK

a. Explain importance of work

1. Work is essential to the well being of the individual and survival of the community

2. Work ensured basic needs such as food, shelters etc were provided.

3. In traditional African society work was divided according to the age, gender, and status e.g. chief, elder of the individual.

4. Everyone was a worker. Boys assisted in herding, fishing, girls assisted in cooking fetching firewood.

Women cooked, took care of babies constructed houses (maasai) etc.

5. Works among the traditional African societies included pastoralist, farmers, livestock keeping, fishing, bee keeping etc

6. Work was a communal affair; people would work together and assist each other

7. Work was not for a wage (Money). The rewards of work-included food, communal unity, acquisition of moral values etc

8. Hard work was emphasized, laziness was condemned

9. There were some specific works for specialization e.g. herbal medicine men, divination, prophecy, rain making, pottery etc.

10. Work involved giving prayers, offerings, and sacrifices to God

11. Through work, the basic needs of the individual, community were fulfilled

12. Through work potentials; talents and skills were explored, acquired and utilized.

13. Work had a religious dimension as well as a social dimension. It brought people together improving their relations

14. SAE

1. Find out how different communities in Kenya lived in the past and how they live today

2. How did the lifestyle of the communities influence daily activities?


1. Describe the christens teachings about work

The Christian teaching on work is based mainly on the interpretation of the bible, the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of the apostles. Some of the teachings are: –

1. God himself instituted work. He created the heavens and the earth and all in it. Since God worked man should work. (Gen. 2:1)

2. God’s work of creation is good (Gen. 1:31) Christians should endeavor to produce good works

3. Work is a duty, an obligation, a command Christians are responsible for God’s creation (Gen.2: 15).

They are to protect it – animals, birds, plants, marine life are all under the care of man.

4. Human beings should work to acquire their basic needs (Genesis. 1:29 – 30, 3:19) God blesses the work of our hands

5. Human beings are co – creators with God (Gen.1: 28) God continue to create through human beings.

Human beings glorify God through their work.

6. God reveals himself through his work of creation. God had a purpose for his creation. He is orderly, source of life, Almighty etc.

7. Work is a co – operative undertaking. Eve was created to be Adam’s helper (Gen. 2:20) Christians should co – operate in their undertakings

8. Hard work is praised and laziness is looked down upon. (Proverbs 31:27). Christians should work for their daily needs and not become a burden to others.

9. Work should be accompanied with rest (Gen.2: 2) God rested on the 7th day from all his work. God commanded the Israelites to rest on the 7th day.

10. People should enjoy what they have worked for (Ecc.3: 22)

11. Work should be done for the glory of God and for the good of the society.

12. People should work honestly not steal but work to earn an honest living (Eph.4: 28)

13. Those who do not work should not eat

They should always work since God is always at a work (John 15:17)



Professional ethics –: principles of behavior / conduct that guide members of a particular profession.

What workers are allowed to do and not to do.

Professional ethos

The group identity of members of a profession, their unique custom or character e.g. what identifies doctors, lawyers etc.

Profession codes or code of ethics Collection of laws arranged systematically according to major concerns and core functions of the profession.


– To regulate the behavior of professional (workers)

– Enables professionals to understand their role

– Ensures professionals provide quality of services to their clients

– To encourage respect among professionals

– Give guidance on how professionals should relate to one another

– They safe guard professionals against being compromised / misused

– They determine expected level of performance

– They serve as a measure of competence

– Act as a measure of quality service

– They protect the professionals

– They provide a reference point for disciplining (used to discipline the errant professional)

– They inspire respect and high esteem for professionals

– Through professional codes, ethics, ethos, professional earn public trust



A virtue is a good human habit. It’s a moral principle, moral quality or goodness of character and behavior.

Examples of virtues elated to work

(i) Diligence – hardworking

(ii) Honesty, integrity – ability to be relied upon (Integrity) Honest is being truthful.

(iii) Faithfulness – being trustworthy and loyal

(iv) Responsibility – ability to make decisions and take action independently. Being mindful of other people’s welfare

(v) Tolerance – ability to bear with others or with difficult situations



Employers: government, non – governmental organization, private sector – individuals, company, self-employment.

Employers have several duties and responsibilities towards their employees. They are:

– To organize and conduct business efficiently for the benefit of the institution, employer, community

– To respect the employee, treat them with dignity

– Pay a fair wage to the employee

– Ensure good healthy and safe working conditions

– Provide social welfare for the employees e.g. time off, leave days, time for recreation

– Grant leave as required by law or the terms of contract

– Take care of the welfare of the employees give medical cover, pension scheme etc

– To motivate their employees

– To reward employees

– Compensate employees made redundant

Rights of the employer

Employers have a right to / are entitled to

(a) Get profits from their businesses

(b) Carry out their businesses without unfair taxation

(c) Form association with other employers

(d) Obtain and conduct business

(e) Hire, dismiss employees in accordance with the requirements of their firms and contract

(f) Demand a fair day’s work

(g) Conduct business without subjection to unfair conditions and competitions

Moral duties of the employees

1. Carry out their duties to the best of their ability without supervision

2. Respect and protect the property of the employer

3. Encourage peaceful solutions to any problems encountered in their work place

4. To work diligently for self – fulfillment and development

5. To respect their employer and fellow employees

6. Observe terms of contract with employer

7. Be loyal, honest, respect to the employer

Rights of the employees

To receive fair wages

To have a reasonable work load

Have reasonable hours of work

Have safety and protection at work

Right to join a labor union

Right to further individual training and development education

Rights to retirement, terminal benefits

Rights to a fair opportunity for provision

A right to time for rest

Right to Favorable working conditions

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EcoleBooks | Christian Religion (C.R.E) Form 4 Notes : CHRISTIAN APPROACHES TO WORK


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