Resources

There are many resources for congregations and individuals seeking to explore questions of call, vocation, and purpose. Here are a few we recommend.

 

 
 
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CALLED TO LIVES OF MEANING AND PURPOSE

Creative Callings is part of the larger Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose initiative. The aims of of the initiative are to deepen and enrich the lives of Christians by equipping them to discern and live out their callings and to enhance the vitality of congregations by developing new ministry models for inspiring and supporting the Christian callings of their members. The initiative offers a wealth of resources on vocation, innovation, and congregational life.

 

Studying Congregations 

We are excited to announce our partnership with the Studying Congregations project at Boston University School of Theology. We are dedicated to mutual support and sharing resources as we consider the intersection of calling and congregational life. 

 
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Theology of Work Project

"The Theology of Work Project (TOW) is the deepest, largest, and most trusted source of biblical, theological, and pastoral material related to work. Most of our materials are available free of charge on this website, although we have a few print-only publications available at our online books. Our cornerstone resource, the Theology of Work Bible Study, is the only commentary covering what the entire Bible says about work. It is in use by over 60 partner organizations, dozens of seminaries, and hundreds of churches."  

(Theology Of Work, "About | Theology of Work," TheologyOfWork.org, accessed June 07, 2018, https://www.theologyofwork.org/about.)

 
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The Collegeville Institute, Vocation Projects

The Collegeville Institute offers resources to explore calling in your congregation. Explore the books, videos, and small group programs from the Collegeville Institute Seminars.

("Vocation Projects," Collegeville Institute, May 31, 2018, accessed June 07, 2018, https://collegevilleinstitute.org/vocation-projects/.)


Books:

Awakening Vocation:A Theology of Christian Call , Edward P. Hahnenberg

Awakening Vocation:A Theology of Christian Call, Edward P. Hahnenberg

Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation throughout Life's Seasons , Kathleen A. Cahalan and Bonnie Miller-McLemore

Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation throughout Life's Seasons, Kathleen A. Cahalan and Bonnie Miller-McLemore

Calling in Today's World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives , Kathleen A. Cahalan and Douglas J. Schuurman

Calling in Today's World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives, Kathleen A. Cahalan and Douglas J. Schuurman

Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation , William C. Placher

Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation, William C. Placher

Christ at Work: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Vocation,  Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides

Christ at Work: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Vocation, Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides

Leading Lives that Matter: What WeShould Do and Who We Should Be , Dorothy Bass and Mark Schwehn

Leading Lives that Matter: What WeShould Do and Who We Should Be, Dorothy Bass and Mark Schwehn

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation , Parker J. Palmer

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, Parker J. Palmer

A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocations and Social Conscience,  John Neafsey

A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocations and Social Conscience, John Neafsey

The Stories We Live: Finding God's Calling All Around Us , Kathleen A. Cahalan

The Stories We Live: Finding God's Calling All Around Us, Kathleen A. Cahalan

To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation , Laura Kelly Fanucci

To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation, Laura Kelly Fanucci

Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good , Steven Garber

Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, Steven Garber

Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life,  Douglas Schurman

Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life, Douglas Schurman