Capital in the church

Duke Universities online magazine, Faith and Leadership, recently published an article entitled, “Laura Nichol: Rethinking capital — it’s more than money.”   The article looks at various forms of  capital, including types of  cultural capital and economic capital, and how they impact nonprofits.  The article both defines what capital is and the role it plays in how  an organization functions, envisions it future, and grows. 

We as educators and leaders in our organizations would be wise to incorporate the ideas of capital into our vocabulary and our curriculum.  By learning how to name these often unrecognized assets and then focusing on developing their growth both in the individual and across the organization, we can help our organizations envision a future that is dynamic, useful, and empowering.

However, I do offer one caveat,  please consider a form of capital that is not mentioned in the article, but which is very important in the life of the church: the capital of a calling.  Though this form of capital may not be recognized by mainstream researchers, the power of a call to a particular vocation can be a form of capital in its own right.  Individuals following a call often  pursue that call in spite of enormous personal, economic, cultural and educational challenges.     The church places a strong emphasis on God’s Call in our lives, and if we are to encourage our people to pursue their own call, naming the value and power of the call is important, and allows us to help them to develop and grow into their call.

Capital is more than money.  It is also more than cultural.  It is spiritual as well.

Peace, Dr. Mel

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~ by sideseat on April 27, 2011.

 
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