After almost every speaking engagement this last year, I’ve heard this from at least 2-3 individuals following the sermon: “Samson, I really feel like God is calling me into full-time ministry” or ” I think I want to do ministry, but I don’t know for sure.”
I love talking to these folks, because I’ve been in their shoes. These are 5 practical steps I believe anyone can take to help answer that curiosity towards a calling to ministry.
1. Get close
Develop a consistent quite time where you pray, engage scripture, and meditate on God’s word. A consistent walk with God is an important precursor to understanding God’s will. Be certain, that there are no sure-fire methods to divine the will of the Almighty, but this is how we get closer to his heart. I am convinced that people who walk close to God rarely deviate from His path. Translation: Walk close, and you won’t go wrong.
2. Get Wisdom.
Talk to your parents, trusted friends, mentors, pastors and spiritual leaders about your potential decision. There is nothing better than a trustworthy, objective perspective.
3. Get Plugged In.
I’ll be frank. Whenever I have conversations with folks who say they want to go into ministry, I always ask them the same question “Do you volunteer at your local church?” Unfortunately, too many do not.
Too many young leaders are so stuck on a dream to do something great, that they become too overwhelmed to do something at all! Don’t be afraid of small beginnings. Just serve. You will never have the opportunity to do later what you don’t have the guts to start now!
4. Get Feedback.
Ask your ministry leaders in the church or ministry where you volunteer to give you honest feedback on your talent and skill level as it relates to ministry. Take assessments like the Spiritual Gifts Test, Kiersey Temperment Sorter, and/or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to learn about you and your specific personality traits and talents.
I believe this task of taking a personal inventory is a practical application of Christ’s challenge to “sit down first and count the cost?” (Lk 14:28).
5. Get to Movin’.
Stop being passive! If you’ve done all the steps above, and you STILL have a desire to be in full-time ministry…AND there are people around you that recognize and support your gifting and calling to vocational ministry…take the plunge! You will never go wrong following Jesus and stepping out onto the water!
My challenge for you: Follow Jesus. You can’t lose with him in your corner.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
~ Robert Frost, poet.