'Vocation' suggests freedom, meaning and joy; 'work,' a paycheck. A young Christian writer wonders how to have both, and finds in the notion of 'livelihood' a possible answer.
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Seminary students gather on graduation day, eager to begin their professional ministries.
Photo courtesy of Duke Divinity School
The demands of professional life can estrange us from our sense of calling. Authentic conversations between new and long-tenured professionals can help, writes the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School.
Max Nussenbaum and three other participants in Venture for America in Detroit started Rebirth Realty after buying this abandoned house at a tax auction and rehabbing it to live in themselves.
Photos courtesy of Rebirth Realty
Venture for America trains and mentors college graduates in entrepreneurship, which gives them business experience and helps revitalize American cities. Could this serve as a model for the church to encourage creative innovation among young Christians?
For overstressed, overworked Christians trying to save the world, watching TV and other squandered moments are not a sign of laziness or complacency but a fitting response to the call to Sabbath.
Ask yourself: What do you feel called to do? What are your gifts? What does your institution need?
Memphis Teacher Residency intern Starr Garrett teaching at Kingsbury Elementary, a Memphis public school. MTR participants live and work together in a yearlong internship, then commit to teach in Memphis' underserved schools.
Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht
The Memphis Teacher Residency prepares teachers to work in low-performing public schools in an intensive program that offers training and ongoing support. The ultimate goal, says its founder, is to bring justice to the poor and oppressed.
With my gifts, experiences and limitations, how can I make my best contribution to your organization right now? Asking this question is the first step in discerning whether you are the right person and this is the right time to volunteer to serve.