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, praising God 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, explores how cultural trends related to our professional lives threaten to disintegrate our faith and our work, and how the church, in ways large and small, has itself contributed to the erosion of our sense of vocation. When the church keeps a kingdom calling in view, however, the people of God steward their faith and work toward righteousness. In so doing, they bless the world, and as they flourish, the world celebrates.
“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
“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, Kingdom Advisors
“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 to that future.”
ERIC SWANSON, leadership community director for externally focused churches, Leadership Network, and author of To Transform a City
“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
Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She also serves as a senior fellow with International Justice Mission.
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