Our Vocation

What is God’s job?

Do you remember your first job? Mine was working as a stock clerk at a local dollar store. I was 15 years old, and minimum wage was $4.25/hour.

This past fall, I helped lead Creative Calling: Integrating Faith & Work, a workshop co-sponsored with the Presbyterian College in Montreal. Over six weeks we deepened our knowledge of vocation and calling. The first question we asked participants was this: What is God’s job?

We cannot align our work with God’s work, unless we can answer that question. The resounding answer to this question, as told by Scripture, is this— God is putting a divided, broken world back together again. He is reconciling people to himself, reconciling people to one another, and reconciling creation to its creator.

As the People of God, we were meant to participate with God in this work of redeeming, reconciling, and renewing all things. That is the Gospel, the “news of God’s good,” and we are all invited to align our lives with this work of God.

Our Organizational Vocation

The word “vocation” comes from the same Latin root as “vocal,” and “to call.” Over my first year, I’ve been listening intently to God’s call for Christian Direction. I’ve listened through prayer and Scripture, but I’ve also listened to our staff, and our partners. I have looked for our unique ‘shape’ and the nature of our everyday work.

Our calling as an organization is deeply rooted in our heritage. That heritage spans over 50 years of collaborating with congregations and community organizations. Christian Direction has always balanced proclamation and demonstration; loving God and loving neighbor through word and through deed.

When I consider our rich heritage, our talented team, and the opportunities before us, I observe that our vocation is nurturing the Whole Mission of God in Montreal and to inspire it in Quebec. As a team we have identified three primary ways we do this.

Connecting people – From various church traditions, and from various community organizations

Shaping urban practitioners – Contributing to a leadership pipeline to sustain the Mission of God

Developing initiatives – Birthing new ideas, and helping others bring their initiatives to life

Here are some examples…

In the West Island, we are connecting leaders. The West Island Network creates synergy among local churches to impact their communities. WIN also serves as a vital link to community services. Through WIN, leaders participate in community-based initiatives like the poverty reduction round table.

Through our Urban Labs, we are forming urban practitioners. Our team provides spiritual and practical training in urban mission. Throughout the year, students and young adults participate in various programs such as our Urban Labs. These programs serve as a vital greenhouse for a next generation of urban mission practitioners.

We are developing Initiatives. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, several Christians came to us with concern for the food security of their downtown neighbors. Innovation Assistance was quickly born to serve a neighbourhood without a foodbank. Our team now coordinates nearly 70 volunteers and delivers food to 277 households.

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