Regardless of your vocational calling, there are exciting ways for YOU to steward your talents to advance God’s Kingdom.
In Kingdom Calling, I describe four pathways of deployment:
|1||"Bloom"||Promoting the Kingdom in and through your daily work||All: any size, any outreach strategy||Pietism
|2||"Donate"||Volunteering vocational talent outside your day job||Small-Mid; those with outreach strategy emphasizing partnerships||Impatience; arrogance towards volunteer/nonprofit organizations/staff|
|3||"Invent"||Launching a social enterprise||Mid-Large; those with high percentage of leaders & “halftimers”||Reinventing wheels; failure to partner; vainglory|
|4||"Invest"||Participating in the church’s targeted initiative||Mid-Large; those with narrow & deep outreach focus||Failure to do “ministry with”
Failure to recognize mutuality of ministry
Pathway 1: “Blooming” in your current job. This means creatively and strategically advancing Kingdom values in the work itself (e.g., in the products you choose to make or the topics you choose to research); through your work-based relationships (e.g., in the way you relate to superiors, co-workers, vendors, customers, stakeholders); and in how you do the work (e.g., your management style, the ways you influence employee care and the organization’s internal justice, the degree to which you seek to protect the environment or guard worker safety in production processes, etc.). Read more about Pathway One.
Pathway 2: Donating your skills to churches, nonprofit ministries, or agencies that can make good use of your particular vocational skills and experiences as they advance Kingdom purposes about which you are passionate. Read more about Pathway Two.
Pathway 3: Drawing upon your skills, knowledge, expertise, influence, and networks to launch a new social enterprise that seeks to advance the Kingdom in a fresh way or on behalf of an underserved group. Read more about Pathway Three.
Pathway 4: Participating in your church’s targeted initiative to serve a people group, neighborhood, country, or cause, in ways that make strategic use of your particular expertise, skills, and networks. Read more about Pathway Four.