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Should I Become a Pastor?

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Lately Iíve been feeling impressed to go into the ministry, but I want to know for sure if I should become a pastor. How can I know?


Steve Answers:

I’ve asked myself that same question before I became a pastor, and even after I became one. The most frequent advice people gave me was on the topic of talents and trying them out in pastoral activities.

I’ve heard of schools that support "shadowing" programs in which students follow somebody in their job for a day, sort of like in that person’s shadow. If you did that, you’d get a better idea of what the "job" is really like, not just what you see on Sabbath morning.

If you do, you may find yourself visiting people in the hospital, answering the phone, trying to get the church copy machine fixed immediately, giving a Bible study, stopping by to sort clothing with the Community Services retirees, sitting through a committee meeting, going through mail, listening to complaints, brainstorming how to share the gospel, scrubbing toilets, visiting somebody in jail, traveling a half hour to an appointment and having the person not show up, sharing your faith while you wait in line at the post office, leading a prayer group. Then you might get a chance to squeeze in lunch as you prepare for the afternoon!

In the Old Testament you’ll find God calling prophets like Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-16) and Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8).

He also called family leaders like Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) and Jacob (Genesis 28:10-15; 32:22-28). He revealed Himself to Daniel (Daniel 2:19) and asked Ezekiel to do some odd things (Ezekiel 5:1-6; 12:3-7).

In the New Testament God changed His plan as to how to reach all people with His good news. Instead of revealing Himself to the Israelites and blessing everyone through them, God showed Himself in Jesus. Now He’s reaching all people through followers of Jesus. It’s in this context that you’ll discover the concept that all God’s followers are "ministers," using the talents God’s given them to minister to others.

Here are a few questions I have for you:

Are you a follower of Jesus?

What has God already equipped you to do that helps others?

What are you doing to minister to people right now?

What types of service bring joy to you?

What feedback do you get from other followers of Jesus regarding your service?

You can want to be a pastor, but it’s God who gives people the various types of gifts to serve Him. According to Ephesians 4:11-13, "it was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."

If you want to find out if God is calling you to minister as a pastor, talk to your own pastor about it, start doing the types of things pastors do, and pray for God to give you gifts, or to lead you to discover other ways you can "minister" for Him. 



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