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Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good Paperback – December 18, 2011
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"Amy Sherman is a timely and compelling voice to the church. . . . Kingdom Calling is a very helpful read for pastors and ministry leaders who desire to learn specific and tangible ways on becoming more intentional in equipping congregational members for being a faithful presence for Christ in the world through their vocations." (Tom Nelson, senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, and author of Work Matters)
"Amy Sherman's carefully researched and theologically grounded work will serve as an inspiration and resource for churches needing to discover and deploy the passions and gifts of their people to faithfully serve the world outside the church. While targeted at pastors and church leaders, this book is also accessible and encouraging for the average congregant who has come to desire a more robust integration of faith and work, which extends from 'blooming where planted' to leading change initiatives within their existing workplaces and by starting new entrepreneurial ventures. Kingdom Calling captures and adds to the equipping and mobilizing 'how-to' we have discovered at Redeemer and would love to share with churches around the world." (Katherine Leary Alsdorf, founder and executive director, Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City)
"Filled with careful research, inspiring examples, heroic people and epic stories, Kingdom Calling introduces the reader to the reality that William Gibson identified: 'The future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed.' This book will go a long way in helping us fast-forward that future." (Eric Swanson, Leadership Community Director for Externally Focused Churches, Leadership Network, and author of To Transform a City)
"It has been my experience that very few believers deal with one of the most significant issues of the Christian life: the relationship between what they do vocationally and what they are called to do by our Lord and Savior. It is impossible to live as a kingdom servant without considering your kingdom calling. Amy Sherman has articulated extremely well the theological foundation of a kingdom calling and then shown how to practically exercise that calling. It is a privilege for me to endorse this book wholeheartedly as a book that is not only well written, but more importantly one of immense importance." (Ron Blue, president of Kingdom Advisors)
"To me, this book is at the core of what kingdom living and engagement are all about. When the church in the West gets this, we are going to see transformation on an unimaginable scale. Solid theology, good stories and lots of practical application." (Bob Roberts Jr., senior pastor, NorthWood Church, and author of Real-Time Connections and Transformation)
About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sherman's biblical-theological mindset gives Kingdom Calling its strength. Scripture sets assumptions. Authors ere when practice drives principle, where what one does cancerously morphs into pragmatism. Scripture teaches, on the other hand, that hearing drives doing. Sherman frames her arguments within the parameters of God's words.Read more ›
Dr. Sherman's book is distinct in a number of ways. First- while many books on vocation are often directed to lay people, her book is purposed foremost to church leaders. Second, while her book is theologically sound, it is also incredibly practical- Dr. Sherman has interviewed literally hundreds of men and women in all sorts of vocations, telling their stories and highlighting how they have practically lived out their faith through their work.
Although I am not a church leader, I found this book incredibly inspiring. It has helped me to see why my work matters- the answer is not simply because it can fund missions or because I'm working ethically and sharing my faith. While those things are important, my work matters because God created me with my unique gifts and passions in order to do the specific work I am currently doing- work that advances the Kingdom and benefits the common good. My work has lasting Kingdom value that I will see evidence of in the new heavens and new earth.
Kingdom Calling serves to address the 'Sunday to Monday' divide. It lifts vocation to the high ranking it deserves, and serves to help church leaders understand how to equip the congregants for the "good work prepared in advance" for them. This is a must-read for church leaders and lay members all.
Below is an outline that the author follows in this helpful book, which I have now read twice:
• Provides the biblical foundation for both the “foretaste bringing” mission of the church and the strategy of vocational stewardship.
• Describes the tsaddiqim who try to undertake this labor.
• Looks at the obstacles that have kept many Christians from living as the tsaddiqim, and how churches can respond to those obstacles.
• Provides practical “how to” guidance for church leaders by first looking at the current state of evangelical thinking on the integration of faith and work.
• Discusses a concise biblical theology of work that provides a firm basis for a vocational stewardship initiative.
• Provides the task of discovery, helping those in the church to identify their passions, “holy discontents”, and the dimensions of their vocational power.
• Addresses the task of formation, the shaping of the inner life of those in the church that enables them to be effective, humble and wise stewards of their vocational power.
• Looks at each of the four pathways for deploying those in the church in the stewardship of their vocations.
I found this to be a book that was very helpful in my journey to integrate my faith and work. The author includes several practical examples/case studies that the reader will benefit from.
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I work at a Christian non-profit with college students and buy this for every graduating senior we send off. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Benjamin Vail
This is a good book, focusing on the idea of "the righteous." and how that translates to the workplace. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jim
Amy Sherman has touched upon a key issue missing in the church today. The importance of vocational calling and cultural mission is vital to the church's renewal and restored... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brian
I found Amy's thoughts to be quite helpful as I begin to change my own view of work and how it relates to discipleship. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dave Shores
Dr. Sherman's work references, supports and supplements concepts from pastor Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor, - which I found to be a generally sound and... Read more
Amy Sherman's book highlights how each of us is called to use our God given talents to bring foretastes of God's Kingdom to the relationships and interactions of our everyday... Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Dave