As described by Jesus in Matthew 19 and Paul in 1 Corinthians 7, God intends for those called to vocational singleness to build up the kingdom with undivided attention.
Brothers will use their availability from not raising children to serve their community in ways too emotionally, physically, or financially burdensome for parents. The Nashville Family of Brothers is convinced that brothers will have the greatest impact by leveraging their 9-to-5 jobs for the kingdom. The Nashville Family of Brothers will help each brother discern how God has uniquely called him to use his work hours for the sake of the kingdom.
When the Nashville Family of Brothers invites brothers to leverage their singleness to do kingdom work, we are not requiring brothers to be full-time ministers. Nor are we forbidding brothers from work that is profitable. Nor do we expect brothers to arrive at their optimum kingdom work on any specific time table.
Almost any work that promotes flourishing in this world can be considered kingdom work, so long as that work is being done justly. Unfortunately, many institutions do not participate in the economy justly, so those doing kingdom work will find themselves challenging these institutions to reform or working for institutions that work justly (often making sacrifices of money, power, and career advancement to do so).
Collectively, we will serve our community by offering discipleship in our local churches in the following ways:
Brothers will participate in this collective mission according to their giftings. Some will feel called only to model vocational singleness in their churches. Others will feel called to participate in every part of the mission. Our commitment is for the Nashville Family of Brothers to offer this collective blessing to the city of Nashville.
We pray that brothers will be shaped by their local churches to grow in Christ-likeness to desire mercy and justice for our community. We pray that brothers will participate in their local churches’ efforts to serve the poor and build the kingdom.