by Amy Sherman
King Jesus is on a mission to bring restoration in every sphere of society and has invited His followers to join Him in this Kingdom-advancing work. Church leaders need to intentionally inspire, equip, and deploy their members to live missionally in and through their work. We do this best by showing people, practically, how to steward their vocational power in ways that advance foretastes of the coming Kingdom of shalom for our neighbors near and far. Too often, churches fail to equip their parishioners for deep, creative, intentional stewardship of their vocational power. Sometimes leaders either ignore questions of vocation, continue to perpetuate the “sacred/secular divide,” or teach an anemic approach to faith/work integration that focuses only on ethics and evangelism. Even missional churches that promote their members’ engagement with the mission of God in the world are not providing adequate guidance about how those members should be expressing their discipleship in and through their daily work. Church leaders need better, richer teaching on the Biblical basis of vocational stewardship and practical strategies for training and deploying their members. Individual Christians seeking deeper purpose for their lives need practical, actionable models for what it looks like to steward their vocational power in ways that advance the Kingdom. Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good attempts to provide all this.