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The Christian Worldview & Discerning Calling
Vocation, Calling, and the Purpose of Work, Week 6
Evan Donovan
What is Worldview: Review of Last Week
 Everyone has a worldview, often picked up from family, peers, and culture
 A per...
What is Work?
vocation
sacred to God
means of
personal
growth
means of personal
satisfaction
way to build up society
way t...
What is Our Motivation for Work?
 Many good purposes:
◦ survival
◦ need to support others
◦ identity and meaning
◦ servic...
Calling is More than Our Work
Personal
Calling
Great
Commandment &
Great Commission
Creation Mandate
Balance
of Multiple R...
Calling is More than Our Work: A Sampling of Roles
Spiritual
Avocation / Creativity
Self-Care / Renewal
Personal Needs
Fam...
Balancing Material & Spiritual Needs in Calling
 Bible shows the Holy Spirit calling people to “secular” occupations
 Se...
Finding Your Own Calling
 For Christians, finding your personal calling requires you to
discern how the giftings that you...
Calling: Where Desire and Need Meet
Calling Passion
Ability Affinity
Opportunity Benefit
What you enjoyWhat you are good a...
Types of Gifting
Spiritual
Acquired / Developed
Natural
A Rough Guide to Discerning Calling in Work
1
2
3
4
Affinity: What You Enjoy
Ability: What You Are Good At
Passion + Benef...
Final Project Structure
Part 1:
Your Story
Part 2:
Your Identity &
Vocation
Part 3:
Personal Business
Plan & Personal
Bran...
For Further Study
 Fletcher Tink, “Theology of Work for the STEM Professions,”
weeks 1-8 slides (http://www.slideshare.ne...
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Christian Worldview and Discovering Calling

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Discussion of how the Christian worldview can help you find your calling, from City Vision University's Vocation, Calling, and the Purpose of Work class.

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Christian Worldview and Discovering Calling

  1. 1. The Christian Worldview & Discerning Calling Vocation, Calling, and the Purpose of Work, Week 6 Evan Donovan
  2. 2. What is Worldview: Review of Last Week  Everyone has a worldview, often picked up from family, peers, and culture  A person’s worldview is: ◦ Largely unconscious ◦ Always distorted to a certain extent, due to the effects of the Fall ◦ A lens that filters how we see reality ◦ A set of assumptions about the meaning and purpose of life that guides our values and actions ◦ A story: a narrative and set of metaphors for life that affect our emotions  Our worldview can be reformed through study of the Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2)  In these weeks, we are exploring how the true worldview of Scripture provides resources for thinking about work
  3. 3. What is Work? vocation sacred to God means of personal growth means of personal satisfaction way to build up society way to provide for self and others Categories taken from Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Physiological Safety Love/Belonging Self-Esteem Self-Actualization Self-Transcendence
  4. 4. What is Our Motivation for Work?  Many good purposes: ◦ survival ◦ need to support others ◦ identity and meaning ◦ service ◦ growth ◦ pleasure/joy in work itself ◦ love ◦ the Kingdom of God ◦ God Himself  Some negative: ◦ finding self-worth in others’ approval ◦ seeking power over others  Key question: Does our work add value to creation or society in some way?  Challenge: Constraints of situation often keep us from working as we would like
  5. 5. Calling is More than Our Work Personal Calling Great Commandment & Great Commission Creation Mandate Balance of Multiple Roles Redemption Both Material & Spiritual: “Ministers of Reconciliation” Co-Creator Sustainer Humanity (Made in God’s Image) Christians
  6. 6. Calling is More than Our Work: A Sampling of Roles Spiritual Avocation / Creativity Self-Care / Renewal Personal Needs Family Church Work Civic / Community
  7. 7. Balancing Material & Spiritual Needs in Calling  Bible shows the Holy Spirit calling people to “secular” occupations  Secular occupations can be done to the glory of God just as much as “full-time Christian service” – no division between Sunday and rest of week  However, all Christians are called to Great Commission as well as Creation Mandate.  Work done to advance the “knowledge of the glory of the Lord” (Hab. 2:14) on this earth has a particular kind of eternal impact  “How will they hear without a preacher?”(Rom. 10:14)
  8. 8. Finding Your Own Calling  For Christians, finding your personal calling requires you to discern how the giftings that you have and the situations God has placed you in put you in the middle of His story.  A “Formative Sabbath” allows you to reflect on the deep questions of life that will inspire your work  “Christians should find out where the Kingdom is coming and go to work there.” ~John Perkins
  9. 9. Calling: Where Desire and Need Meet Calling Passion Ability Affinity Opportunity Benefit What you enjoyWhat you are good at The causes that inspire you What the world needsWhat the world will pay you for
  10. 10. Types of Gifting Spiritual Acquired / Developed Natural
  11. 11. A Rough Guide to Discerning Calling in Work 1 2 3 4 Affinity: What You Enjoy Ability: What You Are Good At Passion + Benefit: What the World Needs and That Inspires You Opportunity: What the World Will Pay You For • SHAPE: Heart • SHAPE: Experiences • Life Line • SHAPE: Abilities • Strength Finders • SHAPE: Spiritual Gifts • SHAPE: Experiences • SHAPE: Personality • Myers-Briggs • Holland Codes • SHAPE: Heart • Personal Brand & LinkedIn Profile • Market Assessment • Networking Plan 5 Life Plan • Personal Vision, Mission, Values • Personal SWOT • Personal Business Plan
  12. 12. Final Project Structure Part 1: Your Story Part 2: Your Identity & Vocation Part 3: Personal Business Plan & Personal Brand Chapter 1: Literature & Materials Review Chapter 2: Vocational Reflection & Life Plan • SHAPE: Experiences • Life Line • Myers-Briggs • StrengthFinders • SHAPE • Life Line • Worldview • Market Research • Networking Plan • 5-10 Year Plan for Calling Chapter 3: Self-Evaluation, Reflection and Suggestions
  13. 13. For Further Study  Fletcher Tink, “Theology of Work for the STEM Professions,” weeks 1-8 slides (http://www.slideshare.net/techmission/tow- week1)  Tim Keller, “Every Good Endeavor” presentation (in course)  Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor  R. Paul Stevens, The Other Six Days

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