Layers of Vocation

2014 Redeeming Work Conference - Denver

In this 26-minute session from the 2014 Redeeming Work Conference in Denver, Skye Jethani hosts authors Andy Crouch and Amy Sherman in a laid-back Q&A discussion about the layers of vocation and what they mean for our work today.

Skye Jethani is an author and senior editor of the Leadership Journal for Christianity Today. Andy Crouch is an author and the Executive Editor of Christianity Today. Amy Sherman is an author and a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. 

When has someone with little power or authority in their organization offered you excellent service? How did that impact the experience for you? In what ways do you offer the same excellent service or support? What else could you do to support the mission of your organization?
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Andy described the three layers of vocation or calling:

  1. Called as image bearers to cultivate and create.
  2. Called as Christians to follow Christ.
  3. Called as individuals to specific jobs and unique roles.  

All people, believers or not, are called as image bearers to cultivate and create for the common good of the world. How does this truth influence or change the way you work with non-believing coworkers? Does it eliminate any fear about working in a secular environment? Why or why not?
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How do these layers help you understand the purpose of your life and work?
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What specific vocation do you feel called to work or serve? How are you cultivating something already good, or creating something new for the common good?
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From plumber to politician, may we see the dignity in the specific work of our hands, cultivating and creating for the common good and exalting Christ along the way. 

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