Utilizing the Theory of Work Adjustment

by Matthew T. Fretwell

Directions: Look through Paul’s second letter to Timothy; read the Summation and Task below and then in your own words, answer each question in 100 words or less. (Reference:

Summation and Task:

In Paul’s second and last letter, to Timothy, he relates some truly significant personalities and work environments which timothy should and should not be corresponding. Knowing that this is Paul’s last letter ever written, as church tradition informs us, he will be “poured out as a drink offering” (4:6), and will eventually be decapitated by the Emperor Nero in 64 A.D. Therefore, Paul writes this letter with intense instruction; just as the Theory of Work Adjustment states that a satisfactory job leads to tenure (longevity), as its principle indicator, Paul indicates to Timothy the same concept. Paul knows he has finished his race and fought the good fight, and is awaiting his crown of righteousness; however, he needs to express to timothy a few things about his work environment. Paul informs Timothy about special revelation he has been informed of concerning the last days (3:1) and it difficulties. Timothy must meet certain requirements (which Paul also informed him of, in his first letter), “flee[ing] youthful lusts and pursue[ing] righteousness, faith, love, and peace…having nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies…[being] apt to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness” (1 Tim. 2:22-25a). Regarding the Theory of Work Adjustment and the Biblical principles laid out through the Holy Spirit, answer the following questions.

1. How can a Christian leader (pastor) create a work environment that encourages people to follow directions?

2. What are some examples of bad environments created by Christian leaders?