What is the most crucial question in discerning or determining vocation? How does vocation change or evolve through the stages of an adult’s life? Where do we find the courage to follow God’s call and embrace our God-given potential?
Author and theological educator Gordon T. Smith asserts that it is through vocation that we come to a deep appreciation that God takes us seriously. While we all have a general call to love God and neighbor, for each individual there is a specific call—a defining life purpose or mission.
“Each individual is called of God to respond uniquely through service in the world.” Rev. Dr. Smith describes three expressions of vocation: the general call to follow Jesus, the specific call to a unique mission in the world, and the immediate call to our current duties and responsibilities.
If you long to hear and follow God’s call, listen to this dynamic discussion of the key themes in Rev. Dr. Smith’s book “Courage & Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential.”
Gordon T. Smith
Gordon T. Smith is president of reSource Leadership International, an agency that seeks to foster excellence in theological education in the developing world. Before assuming this position in 2003, he served as Vice President and Academic Dean of Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he continues to teach part time. Gordon also served as Dean of Canadian Theological Seminary in Canada and of Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines and has had several pastoral appointments including senior pastor of a congregation in Ontario and of an international congregation in the Philippines. His work as an academic administrator is complemented by extensive research, writing, and teaching in systematic and spiritual theology, particularly the theology of religious experience. His numerous publications on topics such as the place of vocation in the life of a Christian and the place of the Lord’s Supper in the life of the church include Courage & Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential.