Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "vocation"

Friday Five: Paul Rude

Last week I read an excellent article on the Gospel Coalition blog on the significance of everyday work. At times, pastors and ministry professionals tend to cast "secular" vocations as a sort of second-tier calling. I loved Paul's perspective and asked him to join me today for a chat around this topic and his new book, Significant Work.  Paul Rude is a ministry consultant, speaker, and founder of Everyday Significance, an organization dedicated to helping people connect Christ-centered faith to everyday life. Before launching Everyday Significance, Paul spent eight years working in missions as a ministry leader. Prior to that, he spent a decade in the adrenalin rush of Fortune 500 corporate finance--and loved it. When he's not speaking or consulting, you might find him rafting whitewater rivers or climbing mountains. Paul lives in rural Alaska with his wife, Misty, and their five kids. There seems to be a renaissance, of sorts,...

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5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men and Women

Yesterday America celebrated Labor Day, the holiday reserved as a tribute to American workers. This is a good time to discuss ways pastors and vocational ministry leaders can encourage working men and women in their congregations. This is an oft-neglected, but essential part of ministry, because most Christians who attend church on Sunday don't draw a paycheck from a Christian organization. They have to get up on Monday morning and perform in the so-called "secular" workforce. Those of us privileged to do so-called Christian work for a living don't always understand the pressures of the American workforce. So here are five ways pastors can encourage the laity: 1) Read Work Matters by Tom Nelson. Every pastor should read this book, which gives a thorough theology of the oft-neglected doctrine of vocation. Pastors should be able to articulate this in their preaching and counseling. Most Christians don't understand that the actual work they do...

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Why Your Work Matters

This is a terrific conversation between Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition and Matt Perman, proprietor of the blog What's Best Next and director of strategy for Desiring God Ministries. Collin interviews Matt about his forthcoming book, but more importantly about the often-neglected doctrine of work. I love this new emphasis, helping so-called "lay people" discover the worth and value of the work they do Mon-Friday:   Monday Morning Motivation from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo....

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Why We Work

When I think of Labor Day, I think first of my father, a union plumber who has spent nearly every day of his adult life working with his hands. I'm a bit biased, but I happen to think he's the best at what he does. Every job he does to near-perfection, not satisfied until he has done the best he can do. Over the years he's developed a reputation as someone who want to hire if you need to do a major plumbing job at your home or business. The older I get, the more I appreciate Dad's faithfulness in working. As his son, I appreciate he worked and sweat to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. I appreciate that he taught me the importance and value of hard work. He was fond of quoting the verse 2 Thessalonians 3:10. "Lest a man work, neither shall...

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