churches need to take vocation much more seriously. Proverbs 11:10 tells us what our prosperity is for. Most middle- and upper-middle-class American evangelicals can be labeled “the prospering.” True, we’re not Bill Gates or Donald Trump. But compared with many of our neighbors and with the billions of poor all over the world, we are indeed privileged and wealthy.
A vital part of that prosperity is our vocational power. Unlike so many in the world, we have choices about what work to do. We are well educated and skilled. We have networks to draw on, platforms to use, knowledge to share. Many of us are working in institutions-schools, media, government agencies, corporations-that significantly influence the quality of life in our nation. God has lavished all this on us for a reason: that we would use it for the common good, not for individual gain.
Clearly, learning how to steward our vocational power is a major component of growing as the tsaddiqim [the righteous ones] who rejoice our cities. By vocational stewardship, I mean the intentional and strategic deployment of our vocational power-knowledge, platform, networks, position, influence, skills and reputation-to advance foretastes of God’s kingdom. For missional congregations that desire to rejoice their cities, vocational stewardship is an essential strategy. To accomplish their big vision, they need to capitalize intentionally on the vocational power of their members.
Amy L. Sherman. Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
SUPER excited about reading this book over the Christmas break.