What’s My Place in Ministry ?
Recently an old friend from junior high wrote to ask my help in defining his place in ministry. It got me to thinking about all the other people who feel called to ministry, but can’t nail down the specifics. There are others that want to use their faith to help people, but don’t even realize yet they are being called to ministry of some sort.
First it is helpful to look at the three basic ways that ministry is included in a person’s life.
- Lay Ministry- Lay ministers hold no formal ministry credentials. They also usually hold full time jobs outside their ministry. Lay ministers often serve with no salary, or very little compensation. They serve because their love of God is so strong, they must minister even if they must make their living other ways.
- Bi-vocational ministry- Bi-vocational ministers usually hold some sort of formal ministry credentials. They may also have extensive religious training. However they also have full or part time jobs out in the secular world. They usually work with smaller churches or ministries which cannot pay them a full time salary. They love God, and are so devoted to their ministry that they will work two jobs to make it work.
- Full-time ministers- Are no less devoted, nor love God less than the other two types. They however spend their full-time efforts on ministry. They nearly always have some form of formal ministry credentials, and even college degrees in some religious subject. They usually work in mid to large churches and ministries.
So if you are trying to find your place in ministry one of the first things you need to do is think and pray about which of the above categories best describes the ministry God is given you the vision for.
After that you should give a lot of prayer and thought to three questions,
- What are your gifts ? ( What are you good at ?)It is not only possible that your entire life has seen God preparing you for the ministry you are about to enter. What are your hobbies ? What have you learned from the jobs you’ve held ? Have you been married for many years ? Try to make a very complete, and very specific list of the skills God has given you that you want to offer back.
- Who are you being called to ? Here again be specific. Are you called to college aged adults ? Single mothers ? Abused children ? Your answers to these questions will help you give shape to God’s vision for your ministry.
- Where are you called to ? Think and pray real hard about the idea of does God want you to minister where you are or is he trying to move you ? Does he want you to stay put, but venture into a different part of town perhaps ?
Ministry is a lot more varied than most people think. Don’t forget to include your current church pastor in the process of exploring your call. No brief article like this is going to answer all your questions. However I pray that this article will bless your infant ministry by getting your planning off to a solid start !
- Wisdom for Ministers…From A Minister Who Has Been There, And Done That! (endtimeebooklibrary.com)
- United Theological Seminary Offers “Foundations for Methodist Supernatural Ministry” (prweb.com)
- Stockton Diocese holds Ministry Day (modbee.com)
Posted on October 27, 2012, in Christian Growth and tagged Becoming a minister, bi-vocational ministers, Christianity, defining your call, lay ministers, Ministry, Religion and Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.