Document Type

Proceeding Paper

Publication Date

Summer 6-27-2011


This paper examines operational efficiency from a biblical theology perspective. The paper describes operational efficiency in contemporary terms and considers six categories of constraints on efficiency. In pursuing its purpose the paper reviews six relevant biblical themes including: God‘s character, creation, covenant, shalom, blessing, and fruitfulness. Five biblical values and virtues describe how efficiency is to be achieved: truth, wisdom, prudence, usefulness, and stewardship. The biblical theme of agricultural yield provides an illustration of the instrumental virtues and values by which workers achieve and measure efficiency.


Also presented as a Conference Paper:

Cafferky, M. E. (2011). Sensible, prudent and shrewd: Building blocks for a theology of efficiency. Biblical Foundations of Faith & Learning Conference. Southern Adventist University. Playa del Carmen, Mexico. March 3.