The Four E's
Research has found a pattern that suggests there are four manifestations or ways that people integrate faith and work. This is a descriptive observation. These different manifestations are referred to as “the Four E's.” Not everyone thinks they ought to integrate their faith and work. But for those who do, whether consciously or subconsciously, they tend to have a natural orientation toward one of the Four E's as their primary manifestation of understanding and living out the concept of integrating faith and work.
Within each of these four manifestations (Ethics, Expression, Experience, and Enrichment), I have also identified two orientations. For Ethics types, the two orientations are community and self; for Expression types they are verbal and non-verbal; for Experience types they are outcomes and process/activity; and for Enrichment types the orientations are group and individual.
Central to The Integration Box theory is that all of the Four E's are equally valid, and that no one manifestation is better or worse than another. Another critical aspect of The Integration Box theory is that it is ecumenical in nature, designed to support all worldviews, be they theistic or secular. The Integration Box assessment tool is designed to be used in multi-faith environment, whether in a publicly traded company, a privately owned small business, an educational institution, or even a nonprofit.