As followers of Jesus Christ we are all called into active ministry in this world. We are called to share the love and grace of God with everyone in this world. Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that there are those who are called to be set apart to build up the body of Christ. God needs people to lead congregations, reach out to uncharted places of this world, and share God's story of salvation through music, prayer, preaching, mission and ministry.
There is no standard way that God calls us. God simply calls. Read these stories of God calling people from the Bible and see if any of them resonate with what you are felling God is telling you.
God calls Abraham (Genesis 12:1-5); Moses (Exodus 3:1-12); Ruth (Ruth 1:15-18); Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10); David (1 Samuel 16:6-13); Esther (Esther 4:9-17); Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-19); Mary (Luke 1:26-38); Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-30); Mary Magdalene & Other Mary (Matthew 28:1-10); Philip & The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40); Lydia (Acts 16:11-15); Timothy (1 Timothy 4:6-16)
If you are sensing a call to ministry here are some questions to consider. Perhaps you could share these questions with your pastor and have a conversation about calling. It would be great to ask your pastor or other leaders in your church to share their call story with you.
1. What gifts do you feel that you bring to ministry?
2. Where have you received affirmation about a gift for ministry?
3. At what points in your life have you felt God’s presence or felt your heart
4. Have you experienced a moment where you felt you were living into God’s call?
If so, share that experience.
5. What people have had the greatest impact on your call? (i.e. relative, mentor,
pastor, friend, stranger, author, etc.)
6. What have these individuals taught you about yourself, about God, or about a
life of faith?
Another idea is to take a spiritual gifts inventory. This is a good way to understand what gifts God has given you. There are many on the internet but here is a link to the UMC's page and their Spiritual Gifts Assessment.
You can also ask some of your closest friends, colleagues, your pastor, youth pastor, associate pastor, church members to write you a letter telling you about the gifts they feel you possess. This is a great way to see how other perceive your best qualities and those are probably gifts God has blessed you with.
If you have other questions that you do not feel comfortable asking anyone else, please feel free to contact either Rev. Sally Queen or Rev. Jim Parsons in the “Contact us” portion of the website. We would be happy to answer whatever questions you have.