PEAK Pastors: Your Calling

images-7Peak Pastors Session Two: Are you “Called?”

Considering a position in Christian ministry? The call to ministry leadership isn’t necessarily higher than other callings. However, it is necessarily unique in it’s kingdom role and responsibility. 

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” – James (James 3:1, NIV)

Whether you are just getting started or are farther down the trail, find a partner to discuss your calling into Christian leadership.

Read Genesis 37 & 39. What can we learn from Joseph’s unique call into and dream about servant leadership? 

Redefining your mission to lead: Reflect on Joseph’s journey. He didn’t always lead from the “palace,” and neither will you. Discuss with your partner… “What does it mean to be called not only to lead from the palace, but to lead from the pits and prisons of life?” Take turns sharing one of your most valuable seasons in the pit or prison.

You must be two things in order to answer God’s call to ministry…

1) You have to be calledEvery calling is as unique as the servant and the circumstances.

“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!”  – John Wesley, Letter to William Wilberforce, February 24, 1791

Briefly describe your calling to ministry. How do you trace God’s hand in your journey? 

2) You have to be a little crazy. If you can do something else, do it. (What do you think about that statement?)  

Find a partner and ask the following question… “Honestly, why are you pursuing a call to ministry?”

3) Every life leaves a legacy. This is especially true of Christian leaders. What do you hope your ministry legacy will be? Describe it in 3 words.

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” – Paul (Ephesians 4:1-6, NIV)

It has been said that, “If God calls you to it, He’ll see you through it.” You will find this is true as you follow His will and way in pursuit of your unique calling to Christian ministry.

Excerpt from PEAK Pastors – Calling

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3 comments

  1. Thank you, Tom, for the post. Calling, I’ve sensed it many years ago. My heart has followed and I too have seen God provide along the “challenging” way. If you interest in more on John Wesley, (and part of what God has called me to), I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement’s effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is http://www.francisasburytriptych.com. Again, thank you, for the post.

    1. Thank you, Al, for the response and the recommendation. I look forward to reviewing the site and resources on Francis Asbury. As an Asbury University alumnus (as is my father), I have always appreciated the life and legacy of Francis Asbury! Thank you for keeping such a legacy in the conscience of yet another generation that needs a return to our Wesleyan Holiness roots… founded and grounded in Christ Jesus. Blessings on your ministry!

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