Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good

  • Title: Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
  • Author: Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber
  • ISBN: 9780830838097
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kingdom Calling Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good Imagine the scenarios Now imagine a parade in the streets for each event That s the vision of Proverbs in which the the people who see everything they have as gifts from God to be stewarded for
    Imagine the scenarios Now imagine a parade in the streets for each event That s the vision of Proverbs 11 10, in which the 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, usImagine the scenarios Now imagine a parade in the streets for each event That s the vision of Proverbs 11 10, in which the 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 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.

    • Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good : Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber
      343 Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber
    • thumbnail Title: Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good : Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber
      Posted by:Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber
      Published :2019-01-18T10:11:07+00:00

    About Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber


    1. Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good book, this is one of the most wanted Amy L. Sherman Reggie McNeal Steven Garber author readers around the world.


    602 Comments


    1. My expectations were so high for this book that I finished it deeply disappointed. Maybe I had already bought into the premise that the author belabors (we should use our vocations to bring foretastes of the Kingdom) before even picking up the book and wanted more ideas for how to do it. I still can't answer the question about what the difference is between doing your job with excellence and stewarding your vocation for the Kingdom. At certain points in the book, it sounds like one and the same [...]

      Reply

    2. This is a remarkably applicable book on a theme that just doesn't get enough attention--vocational stewardship. We are reading it for our task force to create a track for upper classmen in InterVarsity right now. Sherman's Pathways to deploying vocational power are very insightful and filled with many real and good examples. Dimensions of vocational power is also really helpful moving the discussion beyond the obvious. What righteousness looks like is also helpful. Very appreciative for this boo [...]

      Reply

    3. This is a book packed with examples, vision and theology that helps us connect our 9-5 vocation with the highest purpose imaginable.

      Reply

    4. ReviewIn Kingdom Calling by Amy Sherman, she makes an important case for God’s kingdom agenda. She says: “The kingdom Gospel…leads us to invest more thought and energy to the missional work of enacting and demonstrating the heart of God in the world” (p. 84). This means that believers must be involved in social righteousness, acting “in concert with God’s will for the shalom of the community’s well-being…as part of God’s creative justice establishing efforts” (p. 55). She bel [...]

      Reply

    5. Sherman has some really helpful and convicting things to say about vocation. This book has really helped shift the way I think about vocation and how we, as God's people, are to properly steward our work as part of God's mission. My only complaint is that, at times, her "examples" felt really forced and out of place. I thought there were just way more of them than there needed to be.

      Reply

    6. Comprehensive and well researched book for pastors and staff regarding the importance of whole-life discipleship. Highly recommended, but probably better for people who spend most of their life working for a church or a para-church ministry.

      Reply

    7. Great Framework for living out vocational stewardship. Sound theology.

      Reply

    8. Solid look at what it takes to get a congregation to use their giftings/skillsets to further kingdom work. Honest assessment that while everything isn't necessarily smooth, the efforts can have long-term positive results for those served as well as those serving.

      Reply

    9. I read this book more than a year ago, but it still has had a deep impact on me. I think what I liked most about the book was Amy Sherman's enthusiasm about the ability of Christ-followers to make an impact in the world through their everyday work. Her enthusiasm is infectious and made me feel as though, with God all things truly are possible - the sky's the limit! Now, having said that, as other reviewers have commented on this site and elsewhere, the book is somewhat geared toward ministry lea [...]

      Reply

    10. Sometimes, when you're in the choir, you don't need to be preached to. I've read a lot of books on work and faith, business and theology. So Amy Sherman's addition to the canon, "Kingdom Calling" was not full of many surprises for me.Sherman starts in an interesting place however. She begins her discussion of vocation with Proverbs 11:10 "When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices." The Hebrew word translated as "righteous" is tsaddiqim, an idea that encompasses more than just those who are m [...]

      Reply

    11. From the earliest days of the New Testament church, Christians have struggled with the question of how their work can be done in a God-honoring way. It is often difficult to see how our menial occupations can have a permanent impact on the world and serve toward the advancement of the kingdom. Our jobs feel mundane and futile, and we wonder whether they have any long-term impacts at all.As a response to these doubts, Kingdom Calling offers some degree of comfort. Amy Sherman's focus on productiv [...]

      Reply

    12. I've long been saddened that much of the church has failed to tap into a deep reservoir of giftedness in its people. I deeply hope Amy Sherman's book gets into the hands of many pastors to stir their thinking of how people might employ their giftedness in pursuing their calling beyond the walls of the church.She begins this book with the idea from Proverbs 11:10 that when the righteous prosper, the city rejoices. Her premise is that the righteous "prosper" when they employ their gifts and call t [...]

      Reply

    13. If you are a Christian pastor or leader do yourself, and those in your community, a favor and read this book.Many Christians in America believe their work, the stuff they do most hours in their week, does not matter to their faith. The spiritual stuff happens on Sunday or at church, the rest is irrelevant. Or if it is relevant, it is so only as a means of evangelism (be an engineer so you can work among non-Christians and get them saved!) and as a means of making money to financially support chu [...]

      Reply

    14. This book was a helpful corrective to the sacred secular divide. Sherman writes with a robust understanding of the Kingdom and much of what she says would be encouraging for the common person in the pews. This book is directed at pastors so they can equip their flock. I found it encouraging and challenging, I've already started teaching my college students some of the principals and categories in this book.

      Reply

    15. We are called to be the Tsaddiqim, the righteous, as we pursue Shalom, God-centered human flourishing that works by the power of the Spirit to usher in the consummation of the already victorious reign of Jesus Christ, our King. As we do this, the city rejoices. When we strive for a holistic approach to dedicating our vocations, and our very lives, to the service of God, then we will be freed from the constraints of a compartmentalized, Sunday-only type of thinking that restricts service to God a [...]

      Reply

    16. Read this as part of a Vocation Infusion Learning Community I'm a part of this year, and that Amy is leading. The first of the book's three sections develops a rich theology of the well-rounded, holistically righteous citizens of the Kingdom of God, advancing God's perfect shalom on earth. It's a good foundation for motivating a Christian to care about engaging more constructively with the world we live in. The last section is really practical and helpful. There are four pathways Sherman describ [...]

      Reply

    17. This book laid out a useful a theology of work that was Biblical, helpful, and robust. However, the examples, while inspiring, left me a bit exhausted - most were of remarkable people who'd had remarkable impacts both in a kingdom and earthly sense. Examples of steadfast faithfulness in ordinary work (without great earthly success, or even with earthly failure) were not really given; a future work might take up the theology of frustration in work. The language and writing quality were distractin [...]

      Reply

    18. Ok. It included many specific examples of how people with various vocations have brought a foretaste of the kingdom to their world. My main concern was the lack of the law of God. Their was a whole section on justice, for example, that didn't mention the law of God. Thus, I think the point of the book is good (encouraging Christians to pursue their vocations and callings in a God-glorfying, kingdom-oriented way), but it could be misdirected if it is not grounded in the law of God.

      Reply

    19. Kingdom Calling combines theology with practical strategies and numerous inspiring case studies in this call to expand our notion of the gospel beyond evangelism to the myriad kinds of work Christians do every day. Though written mainly as a handbook for clergy, the book would also make thought-provoking reading that individuals and small groups can use to bring more of their talents and vocational resources into serving God.

      Reply

    20. This is the best book on the the topic of the Christian and his/her vocation that I have read. It is rooted in carefully considered theology of work, the implications of which the author draws out in ways that were new and challenging to me. It is also replete with many examples of Christians who have discovered kingdom significance in their work.

      Reply

    21. Sherman's book is a fantastic look at vocation, and its importance for the Christian. I enjoyed the book very much. The book is filled with stories of Christians who understand their vocations and their place in the story of God. The stories were captivating and challenging. I felt like some of the book was redundant, but overall an excellent book.

      Reply

    22. This book is right up there with Tim Keller's book titled: Every Good Endeavor. Amy Sherman discusses how Christians can better integrate their faith into their secular vocations in order to work toward more macro objectives, such as social, economic, climate, and racial justice.

      Reply

    23. There is so many people live without vision because they don't know God.If you want to know what is your life calling, knowing God firstly.Actually, this book guided me to design my life calling.Life calling is a love relation between God, yourself, others and environment.

      Reply

    24. Challenged me to think broadly about participating in circles of community. I am not a leader but throughout my career I have encouraged men and women to advance. Now I feel challenged to be on the lookout for leaders seeking to bless the city. How can I work to also bless?

      Reply

    25. This book was very well written, and researched. It had a great balance of data, application, and anecdotes. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to learn about Jesus' calling of us and our sentness into the world.

      Reply

    26. I have been privileged to meet and learn from Amy and in this work, she gives us a valuable resource that continually reaffirms that our purpose here isn't simply for ourselves. I recommend this highly and it's worth reading more than once to process with a trusted mentor or friend.

      Reply

    27. Sherman picks up on what is at the heart of decentralized ministry -- equipping, resourcing, and supporting lay people to be the church in their workplaces and communities. The book gets a little dense at some points, but it's definitely thought-provoking and helpful.

      Reply

    28. This book was truly inspiring for me as a young person seeking out my place in Gods redemption story. Inspired to continue learning about vocational stewardship!!

      Reply

    29. Good book on an important subject. Could have been 1/2 as long and just as effective, I think.

      Reply

    30. This is the best book I've read on this topic. It's challenging, encouraging and offers several practical examples.

      Reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *