Combining religion and work

February 21, 2008 2:30:59 PM PST
They are two fields you might not put together at first blush: Business and religion. But, perhaps because of the shrinking economy, there is now a growing trend: Prayer groups for executives.

They are praying for business. And for deals to come to fruition.

Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Rossen has more.

It is smack in the middle of the workday in the nation's busiest city. Deals are brokered, money is changing hands and top executives are praying.

That's right.

They are leaving work, going to church and praying. Their bosses don't mind. In many cases, they ARE the bosses.

It's a trend. More and more people, people leading busy, stressful lives, are trading in the conferences for the congregation.

It is up 50 percent in the past year alone. One man we saw is a managing director at Oaktree Financial. Two others work at Merrill Lynch. Kristen works with a plastic surgeon.

"We often pray for each other for meetings, coming up, important meetings, interviews," she said.

Katrina is a management consultant. She was praying while holding her BlackBerry.

It isn't your typical mass. They focus on stresses at the office, praying about closing big deals and shining in big meetings. It's real work stuff. Anthony Dimaio runs the group once a week.

"How many times do you go to meetings, and are we in business and we spend so much time," he said, before being cut off by his cell phone.

Across town, we found a traveling rabbi who visits business executives at their offices.

"Meet with doctors, lawyers, business executives, neuroscientists, financial advisors," Rabbi Stuart Shiff said. "You name it, and we're there."

On this day, he was inside a skyscraper in Midtown, about to see one of the bosses at a CPA firm. Scott Levy holds his calls, tax time or not, to learn about Judaism at work.

Whatever your religion, it's a conversation with a higher power who doesn't use E-mail.

Anthony DiMaio
BOLD Ministry
212-820-9779 Fax

AISH New York