How to Know if you are Called?
People would often ask, how would I know if I am called to ministry? Looking back here are some things I had to review and assess before entering ministry.
1. Do I see myself doing this for the long haul?
When I was in business I was earning really well. I knew entering ministry was to make some sacrifice but at the same time I never saw myself as a businessman. As much as I like the perks of business, I could really see myself ministering to people. I think it is a God-given desire. Entering ministry does not make me more holy or special. Being and doing what God has called me to do is really the main issue.
2. Do church leaders see me doing ministry full time?
I have had numbers of people who have come and told me their desire and intention to enter ministry and honestly some of the people who have approached me I cannot endorse. As a pastor and senior leader of the church I need to seek God in getting new pastors and ministers in my team.
When I entered ministry, I was already doing the job of a minister for free. I was making disciples, helping out in our youth ministry and worship services. Getting hired was just a confirmation from the pastors that I am called to ministry. If your pastor thinks it is not yet your time, you have to trust and honor his judgment and spiritual discernment.
3. Is there a slot for you?
This might not sound spiritual but sometimes there are really no slots for you in a full time capacity. Churches are volunteer run and as for my personal conviction, I would prolong hiring new people in my team and would tap into the vast resources we have among our volunteers.In the meantime, do some personal study and involve yourself in the minstries of the church to also check if you would want this as a career.
4. Weird peace.
I cannot explain this phenomenon but when I decided to enter the ministry there was this weird kind of peace that came over me. I knew that we I entered ministry it would be an adventure and I wouldn’t know where God will lead me. I will just follow but the peace that transcends all understanding was what I experienced up until now.
5. Giftings and Abilities
I think number 5 and number 3 is closely connected. Know what you are strong at and how you can add value to the team. If the church is already full of preachers and your gift of preaching there might be a low probability of you getting hired.
This principle is also applicable in the secular setting. Know your gifts and work on your gifts. The gifts and abilities are God-given so that you can accomplish more by focusing on where God has gifted you.
Check out John Piper’s answer to this question