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Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck on Vocation

July 3, 2010

The following quotations are from Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck who work as certified career counselors. To learn more about their philosophy on vocation visit Quotes are excerpted from their teaching as found in Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life. (2005, Jossey-Bass.)

Our vocational calling emerges out of our relationship with God, so inevitably there is a dimension of mystery to it. … We present three biblical ‘compass principles’ here that guide us in the search for our vocational calling. …

  1. God calls us to keep our primary calling primary
  2. God calls us to use our gifts to meet needs in the world – We can do God’s work in the pulpit or in the factory. We are called to be full-time Christians wherever we are and in whatever we do. God calls some of us to work in churches, mission agencies, and Christian organizations. He calls others of us to work in the marketplace.
  3. God calls us to proactive stewardship of our gifts (Pages 12-13, 17)

Living your vocational calling is a journey. As you grow and mature, God can use you in new and more significant ways. Your journey may take you through the levels of vocational fit one step at a time, such as progressing from just a job to OK work to enjoyable work. As you continue on your journey, investing the time and energy needed and being willing to risk, you can move up the levels of vocational fit. … Our vocational calling is an ongoing journey, not a destination.” (Pages 23)

To find out more about the model of a progressive journey of vocational calling through stages of career, calling and profession consider also examining Professionals: Men and Women Partnering with the Trinity in Everyday Life.

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