Amy Sherman is the author of ?Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, a brilliant exploration of what it means to use the gifts God has given us in bringing the kingdom of God to bear, hear and now. ?Read more here.
In this video (17.08),?She encourages churches to invite all their members in joining God’s mission of restoring all creation through using their vocations.
Firstly, she?explores the meaning and practical implications of Proverbs 11:10 (When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy) as a context for her discussion of the key idea of?vocational stewardship:
The strategic, intentional deployment of all the dimensions of our vocational power to advance foretastes of the kingdom of God.”
Sherman argues that this understanding is fundamental to the mission of the church and provides three examples of what this might mean if taken seriously:
- Bloom where you are planted: “We need to call our people to live missionally in and through their vocation, right where they are right now – in the positions they are in now, in the firm they are in now, in the vocational sector they are in.”
- Support social entrepreneurs: “for too long we have been asking our bankers and engineers and our architects for their ‘can goods’ and we need to be asking them for their vocational insights and networks and power.”
- Gather guilds for targetted initiatives: “We can gather people together within their profession … and get them thinking about ways in which together as educators or as business people or as lawyers they could attack particular problems in the community.
At Malyon Workplace, we resonate strongly with the first of these ideas – encouraging Christians to ‘bloom where they are planted, helping them to see their workplace as a frontline for living out their faith day by day.