Dave Buehring of Lionshare provides five short keys to discipling people in the vocations:
- Discerning Vocational Calling
As we walk with people in disciple-making relationships, we should also help them discern God’s calling on their lives. Where has God appointed them to serve vocationally in society on behalf of His Kingdom 40-50 hours a week?
- Our Work is Worship
Since serving in our vocation plays a role in extending God’s Kingdom, every expression of our work can be done with our whole hearts and can be offered up as worship unto the Lord for His pleasure, purposes, and glory.
- Identify Measures of Capacity and Influence
God gives us each a measure of capacity (God-given abilities and gifts to serve and bless others) and a measure of influence (to whom and how many He graces us to serve, shape, and impact). Guide those you are discipling to identify their current capacity and influence and encourage them to faithfully fulfill them.
- Conscious of Our Conscience
Our vocational calling is not ultimately to something but to someone – Jesus! As His disciples, we do not want to do anything that diminishes His character in someone’s eyes. Like Paul, we must “take pains” to make sure we are walking cleanly in our conscience with God and the people around us (Acts 24:16).
- Ready to Reproduce
Look at the younger people (20s-30s) who work in your vocation. Which of them loves Jesus and needs to be discipled to know God’s character, walk in His ways, and join in His mission?