by Amy L. Sherman of the Center on Faith and Communities. Originally hosted on Crosswalk.

Let’s insert a new phrase into the vocabulary of Christian thinking on careers: “vocational stewardship.” By it, I mean the intentional and strategic use of one’s vocational power (skills, knowledge, network, platform) to advance the values of the Kingdom of God.

Sometimes our vision for doing our work “as unto the Lord” is “adverbial.” In integrating our faith and work, we focus on the kind of the employees we ought to be: ethical workers, kind workers, Gospel-sharing workers. This is certainly an important part of faith/work integration, but it’s not the whole. For our work itself matters. What we do—not just how we do it—matters.

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