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Faith at Work Scale (FWS)


Assessment name:  Faith at Work Scale (FWS)

Scale overview: The Faith at Work Scale is a 15-item, single-factor, self-report assessment of five dimensions of faith at work.

Authors: Monty Lynn, Michael Naughton, Steve VanderVeen

Response Type: A five-point rating scale

  5 = Always or frequently

  4 = Often

  3 = Sometimes

  2 = Seldom

  1 = Never or infrequently

Scale items

There are 15 items

Although there is one factor, the authors identify 5 dimensions: Relationship, Meaning, Community, Holiness, Giving.

Sample items:

  I sense God’s presence while at work.

  I pursue excellence at work because of my faith.

Population sampled:

  Alumni of business programs from four US religious higher education institutions. 

  They were stratified by graduation decade between 1958 and 2005

  Contact by email 272 of 1284 email responses- active religious workers = 234

Psychometric properties

Data analyses supported one factor.

   Eigenvalue = 8.88, variance accounted for = 59.22%

  Cronbach’s alpha value = 0.77

Validity notes

 Positive correlation with the Faith Maturity Scale: r = .81

Means and SDs provided for 4 groups of Christian traditions.


The items can be found in Lynn et al. (2009).

See Table V for items associated with the 5 dimensions.

Contact for lead author on the article:

Monty. L. Lynn Management Sciences, Abilene Christian University, ACU Box 29325, Abilene, TX 79699, U.S.A. E-mail:

Resource Links:

  A – Z Test Index

  A - Z Index of Spiritual & Religious Assessment 

References for the scale

Lynn, M.L., Naughton, M.J. & VanderVeen, S. Faith at Work Scale (FWS): Justification, development, and validation of a measure of Judaeo-Christian religion in the workplace. (2009). Journal of Busness Ethics, 85, 227–243. 10.1007/s10551-008-9767-3

Sutton, G. W. (2024, January 25). Faith at Work Scale. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from

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Resource Links:

  A – Z Test Index

  A - Z Index of Spiritual & Religious Assessment 


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