Vocational Stewardship

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Read the latest interview of Kingdom Calling here

Check out recent research showing that more pastors are preaching on work. here

IVP says: Kingdom Calling to be produced as an audio book
Release date to be announced later this year

Check out Today's Christian Woman interview with Amy Sherman
Read interview here

Kingdom Calling awarded Book of the Year
Kingdom Calling was chosen as Christianity Today's Book of the Year in the category of Christian Living.

Connecting Our Work to God's Mission
Sherman’s sermon on work & God’s Mission featured on preachingtoday.com

Sherman highlighted in Christianity Today
Amy Sherman was chosen by Christianity Today as one of the 50 most influential Christian women shaping the church and culture

Rejoicing the City

Upcoming Events

May 13-14, 2015
SURGE School
Phoenix, AZ

April 22-24, 2015
National Vocation Infusion Learning Community Retreat
Kansas City, MO

March 16, 2015
“Talking Points” @ Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Grand Rapids, MI

Feb 3, 2015
Wheaton College Faculty Development Day
Wheaton, IL

May 7-8, 2014
SURGE School
Phoenix, AZ

June 18-20, 2014
Acton U
Grand Rapids, MI

August 2, 2014
City Gates National Conference
Columbus, OH

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Reviews & Endorsements


Tom Nelson’s review at The Gospel Coalition: “In her stellar book Kingdom Calling, Amy Sherman calls the body of Christ to embrace a more robust theology of vocation in its gospel mission by erecting persuasive scaffolding around Proverbs 11:10, ‘When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.'” Read More

Mark Eckel’s review at Englewood Review of Books: “As a reviewer, I decided to put my money where my mouth is: I ordered a box of Amy Sherman’s books and am giving them away. Amy L. Sherman’s latest volume, Kingdom Calling, is a catalyst for generational change.” Read More

Johan Mostert’s review in Encounter: “My late father was an entrepreneurial businessman his entire adult life, but he was vocationally (and passionately) devoted to kingdom agendas.  He had aKingdom Calling, and he lived out that calling as he conducted business on three continents.” Read More

See Ken Camp’s comments on Kingdom Calling from The Baptist Standard

Brandon Rhodes tells ESA readers that ”Grounding her claims in the fertile soil of the biblical vision of shalom and justice, Sherman shows that every part of our life can express righteousness and offer healing to the world.” Read the full review


“Sherman is a Comment contributor, and her new book is very important. The clever double entendre of the title and the mature insight laden in the subtitle make it clear that this is a book informed by some of the deepest convictions of Cardus: we are all called to holy work; notions of vocation are central (not incidental as Cardus friend Steve Garber puts it) to the mission of God in the world; we are called to care for the common good. Indeed, it is this last notion, that we can use “the work of our hands” (as the epigram of Psalm 90:17 puts it) for “the common good,” that is such a great strength of this study of our work lives. Sherman says she wrote this mostly for pastors and Christian leaders (and there are practical suggestions on how to get “vocational stewardship” on the agenda of a church or ministry), but it will be helpful for anyone.

Her insights deserve much further elaboration, but she offers a unique take on notions of calling and career: she reminds us that we are to honour God by caring about the city, the public square, and that God will bless our efforts to relate work and service, personal meaning, and the hope for an improvement of the state of the common good. She explains how such people are called in Scripture tsaddiqim, and she explores four different avenues, or levels, of living into the promises of Proverbs 11:10, which states, “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.” Does the success or flourishing of your work cause your neighbours to be glad? Does our own prosperity come by way of making a contribution to the world? Can we go beyond a “bloom where you are planted” faithfulness to a more robust, missional perspective that sees our work as service to others? This is a remarkable book, full of statistics and stories, analysis and reflection, insight and application, reassurance and challenge. It is missional, passionate, inspiring. One of the best books on this subject yet written, it is made all the better by a well-written, profound afterword by Steve Garber.”

 –Comment Magazine

“Amy Sherman’s carefully researched and theologically grounded work will serve as an inspiration and resource for churches needing to discover and deploy the passions and gifts of their people to faithfully serve the world outside the church. While targeted at pastors and church leaders, this book is also accessible and encouraging for the average congregant who has come to desire a more robust integration of faith and work, which extends from ‘blooming where planted’ to leading change initiatives within their existing workplaces and by starting new entrepreneurial ventures. 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


“Certainly one of the very best books of the year and, if heeded, a game-changing, church-changing, world-changing book. Written mostly (but, please, not exclusively) for pastors and church leaders, this unique study offers a very astute exploration of work, calling, career, service, inviting us to realize that our gifts and passions and vocations should be offered for the common good. Not only does she do good Bible study, but she tells good stories, and offers very wise counsel about how to get at least one of four visions of meaningful labor into people’s minds. Her four channels or styles of relating faith, work, and the hope of making an impact in a needy world are excellently described and she offers tons of good ideas. We couldn’t be happier than to give this an award, and to proclaim that it is very highly recommended.”

–Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds Bookstore, “Best Books of 2011 Part One.”


“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, and author of Real-Time Connections


“It has been my experience that very few believers deal with one of the most significant issues of the Christian life: the relationship between what they do vocationally and what they are called to do by our Lord and Savior. It is impossible to live as a kingdom servant without considering your kingdom calling. 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 of 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 that future.”

— Eric Swanson, Leadership Community Director for Externally Focused Churches, Leadership Network, and author of To Transform a City


Kingdom Calling was chosen as Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in the category of Christian Living. Read More
Ken Camp, Managing Editor of The Baptist Standard, interacts with the message of Vocational Stewardship in a recent column.  Click here to read the column.

Vocational Stewardship In Action

  • Cliff Nellis: Combining Law and Urban Youth Ministry

    Cliff Nellis: Comb...

    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

    Anne Hughes and Je...

    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.