I guess I have a different take on being called to ministry. That call is what we all have simply because we are followers of Christ.
You should know that I pastored for 30 years. But looking back, I see now my entrepreneurial spirit often ran counter to the churches I served. To me at that time, called to ministry meant to a local parish.
I see things so much differently now. In my opinion, our concept of going to seminary in order to fulfill a calling to ministry is not what Jesus had in mind in His concept of ministry.
You may end up going to seminary and you may end up in local church employment. But effective ministry to this lost world is so much wider and we do a disservice to reduce ministry to local churches.
For example, through my ministry focus websites, I reach thousands each week with a message of encouragement and spiritual challenge.
On one of my webpages, http://change-career-with-purpose.com/careerchangeforpastors.html I make this statement:
I have often seen career change for pastors viewed negatively, with a underlying suspicion that it involves pastors leaving ministry.
Yet what I have experienced and many others have discovered is that a pastor's career change often leads to expanded ministry.
You see, what is often interpreted as leaving the ministry is in actuality a pastor pursuing ministry opportunities outside a parish assignment or local church pastorate.
Onward with purpose,
Chaplain Paul Slater
Helping you plan a purposeful future. . .
Pastor Appreciation Ideas and Resources:
Create A Website To Fund A Ministry,
Start A Business, or Share Your Life Passion:
Cody I am definitely not in a position to give out advice in this one but I felt compelled to say this. God knows your heart and your capabilities because he made. He gives us choice so that we can explore and experience but he knows Cody. As long as you place your trust in him and ask him to guide your path I am sure he will honor that request.
I have gotten stuck so many times but God always finds an avenue to get me "unstuck". (By the way, your story would make a great book). I am stuck right now and I know that God is listening to me and he is going to move these obstacles along with my faith and obedience. I also agree with Paul, ministry resides in us. We can find so many ways to minister to people. I am starting a furniture company and I already know that one thing that I will be doing to minister to those in need is to supply beds to the needy and unfortunate. So hang in there and be encouraged.
I will praying that God guides you along your journey.