Resources for Vocation

The interplay among God, work, family and the individual presents complex joys and challenges. What does it mean for our priorities that God’s call lures us into relationship -- with God, with one another and with the whole of creation?

Our resources, while not exhaustive, will allow you to explore this topic more fully. The foundational resources are important for the development of consequential leaders. The formational resources are of a different sort. These are meant to spark your imagination by introducing you to stories and ideas that have surprising insight into the practice of Christian leadership.

Foundational Resources

Formational Resources

  • Breathing Space by Heidi Neumark – The memoir of a Lutheran pastor in the South Bronx
  • Gilead and Home by Marilynne Robinson – These novels tell the stories of a pastor and his family in small town Gilead, Iowa, over several generations
  • How to Be Good by Nick Hornby – A novel about an imploding modern marriage that turns out to be a catalyst for a transformed life
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – A classic tale that helps explain the birth of American “religion”
  • The Pope's Daughter by Caroline Murphy – Tells the story of Felice della Rovere, the daughter of Pope Julius II born when he was a Cardinal, and how she became a national and international broker for her father
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester – The Oxford English Dictionary contains several thousand entries from Dr. W. C. Minor, an American Expatriate and Civil War veteran, who wrote them from his cell in the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum