4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community

4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community

by Drew Tucker
4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community

4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community

by Drew Tucker


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Vocation is often loosely defined, reserved for use in churchy sermons and ivory towers. But with a decade of experience in vocational exploration as a campus minister, Drew Tucker has developed an accessible, empowering model for reflection that centers on discovery, discernment, development, and decision making.

In 4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community, Tucker builds on his definition of vocation as "meaningful, life-giving work for the world." Speaking directly to vocational explorers, he equips and empowers readers with the confidence and skills to examine, clarify, and affirm their purpose and identity, and ultimately to experience God's presence in and purpose for their lives.

Tucker addresses four key aspects of vocation. First, vocation is ultimately where our purposes align with God's purpose in ways that are life-giving for us and others. Second, as we explore our vocation, we incorporate the wisdom of mentors, the teachings of Scripture, and the experiences of others. Third, in our vocations our convictions meet our neighbor in need, often calling forth difficult yet deeply meaningful commitments. Finally, much like walking a prayer labyrinth, vocational exploration involves clear practices, yet leaves room for the numinous.

Incorporating wisdom from multiple religious traditions and worldviews, Tucker writes for young adults, who are often struggling with the confusing and demanding task of identity formation, and for anyone dealing with life transitions, such as career change, family transition, illness, home moves, and the like. 4D Formation gives readers the courage to risk deep exploration and an encounter with God in that journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506473994
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 175
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Drew Tucker serves as executive director of HopeWood Outdoors, an ELCA outdoor ministry organization in Ohio. Drew spent his first dozen years of church leadership in campus ministry, where he also taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Author of 4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community (Fortress, 2022), Drew has written for a wide variety of leading ministry publications and is the editor of Faith Lens, a weekly devotional for youth and young adults. An Ohio native, Drew has many loves, chief among them his wife, Michelle; their two dogs, Stanley and Jack; swimming in any sufficiently large body of water; reading science fiction; and riding his bicycle.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 Understanding Vocation

1 God Calls You 3

2 Defining Our Terms 21

3 You Are Called Wholly 39

4 Called through Your Communities 57

5 Called for Transcendent Mission 77

Part 2 4D Formation

6 Discovering What's Possible 93

7 Demystifying Discernment 111

8 Developing Your Skills 133

9 Deciding What's Next 145

Notes 161

Recommended Resources 167

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