Earlier this month, we challenged our network pastors to visit their congregants at their workplaces – and you can still participate in The Pastor’s Challenge: Workplace Visitations.
Whether you’ve been visiting congregants for awhile or are boldly taking this step this summer, we encourage our pastors to keep looking for ways to better interact with their congregants. One of these ways is to reflect on how your congregants reflect God’s labor and to encourage them in their Kingdom mission. To help us reflect, read this excerpt from Amy Sherman’s book Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good. Amy shares how we all participate in God’s work as image bearers and lists the specific ways our congregants participate in and reflect God’s labor:
Redemptive Work – those who participate in God’s saving and reconciling actions. Includes writers, artists, producers, songwriters, poets and actors who incorporate redemptive elements in their stories, novels, songs, films, performances, and other works. Evangelists, pastors, counselors, and peacemakers fit here too.
Creative Work – those who participate in God’s fashioning of the physical and human world. Includes sculptors, painters, actors, musicians, poets, novelists, graphic designers, fashion designers, interior designers, potters, weavers, seamstresses, metalworkers, carpenters, builders, architects, urban planners…and more!
Providential Work – those who participate in God’s provision for and sustaining of humans and creation. Includes bureaucrats, public utility workers, public policymakers, shopkeepers, career counselors, shipbuilders, farmers, fireman, repairmen, printers, transport workers, IT specialists, entrepreneurs, bankers and brokers, meteorologists, research technicians, civil servants, business school professors, mechanics, engineers, building inspectors, machinists, plumbers, welders, janitors – all who keep the economic and political order working smoothly.
Justice Work – those who participate in God’s maintenance of justice. Includes judges, lawyers, paralegals, government regulators, legal secretaries, city managers, prison wardens and guards, policy researchers and advocates, law professors, diplomats, supervisors, administrators and law enforcement personnel.
Compassionate Work – those who participate in God’s involvement in healing, comforting, guiding, and shepherding. Includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, psychologists, therapists, social workers, pharmacists, community workers, nonprofit directors, emergency medical technicians, counselors, and welfare agents.
Revelatory Work — those who participate in God’s work to enlighten with the truth. Includes preachers, scientists, educators, journalists, scholars, and writers.