Imagine the scenarios: a CEO successfully negotiates a corporate merger, avoiding hundreds of layoffs in the process an artist completes a mosaic for public display at a bank, showcasing neighborhood heroes a contractor creates a work-release program...
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Imagine the scenarios:
a CEO successfully negotiates a corporate merger, avoiding hundreds of layoffs in the process
an artist completes a mosaic for public display at a bank, showcasing neighborhood heroes
a contractor creates a work-release program in cooperation with a local prison, growing the business and seeing countless former inmates turn their lives around
a 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.
Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore InstitDr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. Sute, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She is the founder and former executive director of Charlottehe is the founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries and serves as a Senior Fellosville Abundant Life Ministries and serves as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission. w with the International Justice Mission.
- Foreward By Reggie Mcneal
- Introduction: The Glorious Vision Of Proverbs 11:10
- <strong>part I: Theological Foundations</strong>
- 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 Tsaddiqim
- <strong>part Ii: Discipling For Vocational Stewarship</strong>
- 5. Integrating Faith And Work: The Status Quo Is Inadequate
- 6. Inspiration
- 7. Discovery
- 8. Formation
- <strong>part Iii: Pathways Of Vocational Stewardship</strong>
- 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