Feeling the call of God on your life to pursue vocational ministry? Have a desire to spread the Good News of the Gospel around the world? Aching to share God’s love with the lost and broken who desperately need His grace and forgiveness?
For those who have been in vocational (professional) ministry for a little while, they know that God beckons them to follow Him using desires deep within. We may liken the call to ministry similar to what Jeremiah described as a fire building up within his bones (Jer. 20:9). It’s a passion for reaching the lost, sharing God’s love, caring for others, and teaching God’s word that drives us even in moments of doubt or struggle. Those of us who try to deny its presence realize quickly that God’s calling will not be quiet or ignored; it demands attention and a response.
Hopefully, if we are surrounded by mature Christians, we respond to the call by pursuing further education and training to prepare us to embrace that call. Yet, after we graduate with our degrees or even in the process of pursuing those degrees, we may struggle with next steps to know how to fulfill that calling in a church, the mission field, school, or other forms of ministry. How does one take the next step from minister-in-training to full-fledged minister?
Regardless of where you are at in the process and how old you are, these steps can help you move towards fulfilling God’s call upon your life in vocational ministry.