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teaches, "If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task." It is a good thing to desire to serve in vocational ministry. The first way to discover whether you have a call to ministry is to determine if there is a compelling desire or motivation to serve Christ in this way.
1 Timothy 3:1 ESV
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
Luke 13:6–9 ESV
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”
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1 Timothy 3:1 ESV
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
teaches, "If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task." It is a good thing to desire to serve in vocational ministry. The first way to discover whether you have a call to ministry is to determine if there is a compelling desire or motivation to serve Christ in this way.
1.) Determine if there is a compelling desire or motivation to serve Christ in this way.
2.) Consider your abilities and spiritual gifts.
God usually connects us with opportunities that match our abilities to serve Him and others. A person who teaches well would likely fit a teaching ministry; a musician would likely serve better in a role of leading music; a person with medical skills will likely best serve in a medical role.
3.) PRAY.
God tells us to pray for wisdom when we need it ().
As we pray, God will respond through various ways to help guide us.
4.) Consider current opportunities.
Are people already asking you to help in ministry roles? Do you happen to live in a place where a minister with your abilities is clearly needed? Sometimes God opens clear opportunities to show us where and how He desires for us to serve.
5.) Counsel of other believers. A pastor, church leader, or trusted friend can help you discuss ministry questions and issues to better think through the process.
Proverbs 11:14 ESV
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
notes, "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."
A sixth consideration is to recognize there is high cost to serving in ministry. For example, :1says, "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness." Vocational ministers are called to closer scrutiny and a higher standard than others.
6.) Recognize there is high cost to serving in ministry.
James 3:1 ESV
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
:1says, "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness." Vocational ministers are called to closer scrutiny and a higher standard than others.
Vocational ministers are called to closer scrutiny and a higher standard than others.
A call to ministry also involves the affirmation of others at some point. Whether your local church or another Christian organization, acceptance with a group of believers offers strong confirmation that God has called you to serve in a vocational role to use your gifts to serve Him in a particular way.
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