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Dan Blevins: A Paper Chemist Discovers the “WOW” Factor in Vocational Stewardship

March 26, 2011

Paper chemist Dan Blevins doesn’t really see himself as an extraordinary guy. He grew up in a small town in Michigan, went off to college, and got a job after graduation. He found a wife, started a family. They joined a church. At Mt. Pisgah Methodist in Atlanta, Dan sang in the choir and volunteered with the recreational ministry as a soccer referee.

In April 2003, Dan turned 50. He’d worked for Dow Chemical Company for nearly a quarter century. He heard about a missions conference coming to downtown Atlanta in June and decided to attend. Given his recent milestone birthday, he choose to follow the track at the conference organized by the Finishers Project. (Finishers’ mission is to connect mid-life adults with “global impact opportunities for God.”) On the last day, Dan attended a workshop titled “Finding Your Place in Ministry: Your Skills are Needed.”

“The instructor began his presentation stating that regardless of what your skills were, there was a ministry somewhere that could use you,” Dan remembers. Then the presenter said he’d ask each person in the room a little about their jobs, and then make a recommendation of a ministry that could make use of their skills. “He started around the room to my left,” Dan says, “and the examples began to flow. Teacher, electrician, nurse—and with each person [he’d] reel off ministries and places in the world where they could be involved.” When the presenter got to Dan, though, he was stumped. He wasn’t sure how God would use a paper chemist.

[1] Except where noted. information in this profile is based on Amy Sherman’s interviews with Dan Blevins in September 2010.


Vocational Stewardship In Action

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    Cliff Nellis: Combining Law and Urban Youth Ministry by Amy Sherman and Kelly Givens Cliff Nellis, a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Law, became a Christian near the end of his clerkship for a federal judge in Colorado. He took some time off to bike cross-country, studying the bible with all the delight of the brand-new believer. During the trip, Nellis reports, “I started feeling called to ministry. I started thinking about whether I’d stay in the law or not.” Looking back, he sees that as a young believer, he “had this very narrow view: ministry is …

  • Anne Hughes and Jenny Oliver: Realtors Going the Extra Mile

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    Anne Hughes and Jenny Oliver: Realtors Going the Extra Mile By Kelly N. Givens December 7, 2011 As anyone who has tried to buy or sell a house in the past half a decade knows, the housing market is currently in a state of crisis. In the aftermath of the burst housing bubble, we’ve seen investment banks going broke, the government bailing out companies, and the U.S. economy in recession. Foreclosures have steadily risen since 2006, draining wealth from consumers and eroding the financial strength of banking institutions. Home prices have tumbled, and it’s unclear if they’ve hit their lowest …

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NEW! Great short video on Work as Worship
A new perspective on work.

Discussion Questions for Use by Vocational Guilds
Does your church gather members into small groups by profession (e.g., law, medicine, business, art)? If so, invite them to try out these discussion starters.

Ten Ways to Encourage Vocational Stewardship in Your Church
Here are some doable action steps you can take right now.

Small Group Discussion Guide on Vocation
Use these questions to enliven your small group’s ability to support members in living missionally through their daily work.

Annotated Bibliography
Short summaries of helpful books on vocation, for pastors and individual believers. Check back frequently as this list will be updated regularly.