Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good

Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good


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Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good by Amy L. Sherman, Reggie McNeal

A 2013 Christianity Today Book Award winner

Imagine the scenarios:

a CEO successfully negotiates a corporate merger, avoiding hundreds of layoffs in the processan artist completes a mosaic for public display at a bank, showcasing neighborhood heroesa contractor creates a work-release program in cooperation with a local prison, growing the business and seeing countless former inmates turn their lives arounda high-school principal graduates 20 percent more students than the previous year, and the school's average scores go up by a similar percentage

Now imagine a parade in the streets for each event. That's the vision of Proverbs 11:10, in which the tsaddiqim—the people who see everything they have as gifts from God to be stewarded for his purposes—pursue their vocation with an eye to the greater good.

Amy Sherman, director of the Center on Faith in Communities and scholar of vocational stewardship, uses the tsaddiqim as a springboard to explore how, through our faith-formed calling, we announce the kingdom of God to our everyday world. But cultural trends toward privatism and materialism threaten to dis-integrate our faith and our work. And the church, in ways large and small, has itself capitulated to those trends, while simultaneously elevating the "special calling" of professional ministry and neglecting the vocational formation of laypeople. In the process, we have, in ways large and small, subverted our kingdom mandate.

God is on the move, and he calls each of us, from our various halls of power and privilege, to follow him. Here is your chance, keeping this kingdom calling in view, to steward your faith and work toward righteousness. In so doing, you will bless the world, and as you flourish, the world will celebrate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830838097
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 534,248
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She is the founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries and serves as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission.

Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and schools, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness, he is also a contributor to the books Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife, Meg, in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Reggie McNeal
Introduction: The Glorious Vision of Proverbs 11:10Part I: Theological Foundations
1. What Does a Rejoiced City Look Like?
2. What Do the Righteous Look Like?
3. Why We Aren't the Tsaddiqim
4. How the Gospel of the Kingdom Nurtures the TsaddiqimPart II: Discipling for Vocational Stewarship
5. Integrating Faith and Work: The Status Quo is Inadequate
6. Inspiration
7. Discovery
8. FormationPart III: Pathways of Vocational Stewardship
9. Deploying Vocational Power: Four Pathways
10. Pathway 1: Bloom Where You're Planted
11. Pathway 2: Donate Your Skills
12. Pathway 3: Launch Your Own Social Enterprise
13. Pathway 4: Participate in Your Church's Targeted Initiative
Conclusion: Rejoicing the City
Afterword by Steven Garber
Appendix A: Key Theological Themes Undergirding Vocational Stewardship
Appendix B: A Discussion Guide for Congreghational Small Groups
Appendix C: For Further Information
Appendix D: Index of Profiles by Vocation
About the Author

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Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KPles More than 1 year ago
Amy Sherman hit the mark on this one - guiding the reader to understand the role of the resourced communities and how their under-resourced neighborhoods can rejoice. It's a far cry from redistribution and yet a responsiblitiy of the wealthy. It is certainly up to all of us who rejoice in Jesus Christ to share a taste of his kingdom with others in our communities. Kingdom Calling will help you think quite differently about serving others. Rejoice!