Using Small Groups to Help Millennials on Vocation (Video)
Bill Johnson, Lead Pastor at Cornerstone Church, pushes the concept of Vocational Stewardship to the millennials in his congregation. Citing Ephesians 2:10 Johnson longs for every follower of Jesus to understand the good work God has created in advance for that person to do.
I’m Bill Johnson, I’m the lead pastor at Cornerstone Church in Boston. Cornerstone is a millennial, primarily Asian congregation in the South end of Boston. The way I describe our church is we have six people over 40 years old, and 400 people in their 20s and 30s.
Part of our ministry of vocational discernment naturally leads into vocational stewardship: how our workplaces really contribute to the work God wants done in the world. What I actually want for my congregation is: I want everyone there, it doesn’t matter what they’re doing, whether they’re a student or a barista at Starbucks or a software engineer or a scientist, I want them to know how what they are doing directly contributes to something that God wants done in the world.
Every Christian has been given a trust to steward: to creatively steward their gifting and their calling for the common good.
I’m looking forward to vocational stewardship group, where all of our people in teaching will get together and talk about how to they steward teaching in the public sector for the kingdom of God. Or people in the medical sciences. Or people in the service industries.
Ephesians 2:10 says:
We were created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I want for every follower of Jesus to understand the good work and the good works that God has created in advance for us to do, and to realize that we have a stewardship responsibility to creatively realize that our work is a way to express the love of God in our world.