Welcome to the Calling Lab
To get started, watch the Preface video below.
The greater potion of the curriculum can be found on a workbook that you'll find below. Feel free to either print it or keep the digital copy so that you can follow along- you will need it to complete the course.
A MOVEMENT FOR CALLING
This training environment was created by the Underground Network, a missional ecosystem designed to support and serve missionaries to plant incarnational churches.
Throughout this Lab, you'll see twitter integrations like the one below. We'd love for you to tweet and share your progress though the curriculum with your followers. Here is an optional first tweet for you:
In this video, Brian walks us through the general idea of calling. We'll look at how people may mistakenly approach calling, the way we should come into this process, and consider the kingdom as the bigger framework for calling.
Next, Brian will talk about where we'll start this process: with Jesus. We'll consider the necessity to take some time to offer ourselves to God, and before you hear anything from God it is right that we say 'Yes' to God.
TRIANGULATING YOUR CALLING
To finish this first section, Brian briefly talks about the process we'll be walking through for the rest of the Lab. At this point, we'll consider all the different elements that will make up our triangulation model.
"What if we wanted to know what this was, and what it was for- that is, what the designer intended for it to do, what it's creator meant for it to accomplish? You'd have to look at it from various vantage points... The point is, you need more than a singular vantage point. People need to look at their lives and the design intention of God from them, from various vantage points.
The Outer Triangle: The objective state of our person which shows us the more concrete indicators of our calling
Personality Inventory: Discovering the type of personality that clarifies who you are
Vocational Assessment: Discovering the role God designed you to fill
Opportunity Analysis: Discovering the experiences that have helped shape you
The Inner Triangle: The subjective sense of our person which serves to clarify the more abstract clues to our calling
Emotional Evaluation: Discovering the areas we are naturally drawn to
Listening Prayer: Discovering the words God is speaking to us
Counselor Input: Discovering the advice of our mentors and leaders
To start the Outer Triangle, Brian will discuss the soft science of personality typologies. We talk about how this portion applies to us as a person and a laborer in the Kingdom.
The above button will direct you to an official site where you can read about the different personality types, and how the Enneagram system evaluates them. Most websites have monetized their Enneagram tests, and the website has a $10 cost to taking the exam. If you are interested in taking an exam, many free options are available online.
Next, Brian will discuss the idea of our vocation within the church and how it affect, or should affect, our missional life.
"Figuring out our spiritual gifts, and the vocation of spiritual gifts, is a way in which Jesus inside you, Christ in you, comes out, shines through, in a design and a pattern that is recognizable to other people. When I see you, I see Jesus in you in a certain way."
To finish the Outer Triangle, Brian addresses how our past, present and future can deeply inform our calling. We'll consider the clues found in our stories and how we can make sense of what God has brought us through.
To begin the inner triangle, Brian talks on our emotions and how they reveal a unique aspect of our calling. We'll consider how and why we should pay special attention to this gift God has given us.
We'll use this video to guide us through the 63 images. Use your manual to write down your emotional response as well as score and analyze your data. Do not pause or skip around the video. This exercise is designed for you to rapidly and linearly see and react to each image. Remember, you only have 5 seconds to respond to each image so you'll need to write your answers down quickly.
Next, Brian will address what is, perhaps, the most agreed upon and thought of element when trying to discover your calling. We'll look at our role and God's role in listening prayer and give space to listen to God.
This resource is an excerpt from the book "A Guide for Listening and Healing Prayer," by Rusty Rustenbach
This resource is based on a handout developed by The Navigators' People Resource Team.
Lastly, Brian will discuss what role other believers, and specifically wise believers, have in shedding light on our calling. We'll talk about how to approach this interaction, what to be listening for, and who might be best to speak into this decision we're walking through.
Congratulations! You've completed the Calling Lab. We hope and pray that you have been able to clearly hear from God and can confidently say what He is calling you to at this point. It is vitally important that you complete the 'My Calling' page in your manual. Write down your calling in the middle triangle of that illustration. It's ok if you don't get it exactly right, just give it a shot. God will always be revealing your calling to you in new and fresh ways. This isn't the end of your journey, it's the beginning. ico
It is of the utmost importance that you, right now, do something that will put you on the hook for being faith for the revelation. It is a grave sin, massive disobedience, to hear from God and not respond in faithfulness. His voice and presence is a gift and we must never stall or tarry when He calls. So, we have three actions for you to take to put yourself on the hook. We suggest you take all three actions:
TEXT A FRIEND
Right now, text your leader, or whoever keeps you accountable to the way. If you're on a phone, we've made this easy for you:
TWEET YOUR CALLINGHopefully you've been tweeting and sharing your progress through the Lab. Take a minute to tweet one final time about what you feel God has called you to. Let your followers know and be encouraged that you heard from God.
ADD A QUOTE
Below, you'll see a collection of many others who went through the Calling Lab. We'd love for you to join the others and post what God has called you to.
We trust you've heard from God and have an idea of what He is calling you to next. Discovering your calling is a big part of your life in the kingdom, but it's only the beginning. Now, the question becomes 'How do I live our my calling and stay faithful to what I've heard?' We have 2 options for you to check out, depending on where you're currently serving in the kingdom.
If you completed the Lab as a student, discovering your personal calling, we have a series of resources available to you to help you start your own missional community based on your calling. These are 5 worksheets to help you start, plan, invite, innovate, and (hopefully one day) multiply your initiative.
If you served as a leader through this Lab, walking others through the material to help them discern their calling, then you might be interested in learning more about creating a missional ecosystem designed to support and serve missionaries to plant microchurches.