The word “vocational” is built upon the word “vocal” which is rooted in the idea of a calling of God. The imagery of “The Abbey and the Oak Tree” is a poetic way of embracing the full spectrum of all vocational callings as vital and necessary to establishing an Ecclesial City, a colony of heaven on earth, a thin place where heaven and earth kiss and angels ascend and descend, where the privileges of Adam and Eve lost in the Fall are restored to the Sons of the Resurrection, not just for their sake, but for the life of the world. A vocational calling is not just what we do “Monday through Saturday” in our cultural callings beyond the “Abbey” out under the “Oak Tree.” Each of us is also vocationally called to exercise our unique priestly roles when we gather on “Sunday” at the “Abbey” to engage in our cultus (“worship” that is liturgical). It takes all vocations united as one, first in the Liturgy, to holistically live out a Eucharistic Lifestyle in community in kingly ways. Therefore, every Fellowship of a Basileia Community worships in two ways: 1) in the priestly form of cultus on Sunday and 2) in the kingly form of culture (that externalizes cultus) Monday through Saturday. The most basic definition of “culture” is “worship; religion externalized.” To help facilitate this second kind of kingly worship we form Vocational Societies composed of Chapters, which in turn are also membered to Fellowships.
Also see Ecclesial City, Chapters, Colony, and Vocational Society.