In Kingdom Calling, Amy Sherman provides a glimpse of the fulfillment of Proverbs 11:10: “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.” According to Sherman, the righteous are the citizens of a city who see everything they have as a gift from God to be stewarded for His purposes, and they are willing to disadvantage themselves for the common good. Sherman pushes past the “three Es”—ethics, evangelism, and excellence—and proposes that it is the responsibility of Christian business leaders to contribute to human flourishing in their communities.
From Sherman's Vocational Stewardship website:
Too often, churches fail to equip their parishioners for deep, creative, intentional stewardship of their vocational power. Sometimes leaders either ignore questions of vocation, continue to perpetuate the “sacred/secular divide,” or teach an anemic approach to faith/work integration that focuses only on ethics and evangelism.
Even missional churches that promote their members’ engagement with the mission of God in the world are not providing adequate guidance about how those members should be expressing their discipleship in and through their daily work. Church leaders need better, richer teaching on the Biblical basis of vocational stewardship and practical strategies for training and deploying their members.
Individual Christians seeking deeper purpose for their lives need practical, actionable models for what it looks like to steward their vocational power in ways that advance the Kingdom. Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good attempts to provide all this.