Accepting God’s Call
One of the great things about accepting God’s call to ministry is that it is never boring. In fact it is always challenging and often exciting. Sometimes it takes us on a real adventure.
When we accept God’s call, our lives are dramatically changed. We escape the humdrum and mundane. To accept God’s call is to truly become actively part of Christ-centered, life-changing, need-meeting, disciple-making ministry.
Believers, often with the best of intentions, choose the ministries in which they want to participate based on what is easy and convenient. Helping out with the easy and convenient is great, but it is not the same as seeking to take their place in the body of Christ.
To discover the ministry that God has chosen for them every believer must commit him or herself to a journey of discernment. Ask the questions:
What is God’s will for me?
What ministry is God specifically calling me to?
What ministry must I undertake to assume my rightful place in the body of Christ?
Sharing in Christ’s Vision
As believers our priority must always be to discern Christ’s vision for His church and then share in the ministries that make His vision a reality in our time, in our community and if we are called, around the world. This is not now, nor has it ever been an easy task.
Problems develop in congregations when believers stop focusing on discerning Christ’s vision for His church and try to implement their own vision. People think that what they are doing is in the best interest of the church but in fact they are usurping the ownership of the church from Christ. This nearly always leads to disharmony in the congregation. Not good!
The process of discernment and development of ministries to meet needs and make disciples can be one of the most invigorating times in the life of believers and congregations. Taking on the challenges of starting new ministries and helping them grow is exciting. Even picking up the pieces of a ministry that did not succeed and working through a rethink or redesign can actually be fun and rewarding. Succeed or fail, striving to do God’s will and serving Christ’s church is always challenging, interesting and usually fun and exciting. It is also life-changing.
Building on Our Foundation
As believers, we always get in trouble when we venture away from our Biblical foundation. The truth is most of us don’t venture away, we just sort of drift slowly away. It does not mean that we are angry, disillusioned or that we quit going to church.
Many believers have been in church all their lives and heard all the Bible stories and thousands of sermons. They drift into a "been there done that" attitude and that leads to a casual, close enough attitude toward ministry to which they are called and often the ministry of their home congregations.
The result is that the understanding of church and ministry becomes a product of their memory and experience rather than the actual lessons and directions of the Bible. When this drift happens, church and ministry become humdrum and mundane and much is lost.
There is an urgency to Christ’s call to build His Church and keep His commandments. There is nothing humdrum about it. To be a believer and walk with Christ is to accept the challenge, take the risks, be open to God’s Will and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and share in life-changing, need-meeting, disciple-making ministry.
It Takes a Little Courage
As believers we want to be obedient to God’s will and Christ’s calling but it can be a little daunting at times. We are required to step out of our comfort zone. We are not the first to be asked to leave our comfort zone. The stories of our faith that guide us reveal that God has always asked believers to have the courage to leave their comfort zone.
Think back to the stories of God’s people - the challenges faced by the Old Testament prophets, the sacrifices made by the Apostles, Paul and the ultimate sacrifice made by Christ himself.
Believers who came after Biblical times also had to venture from their comfort zones: Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Knox, John Wesley, Francis Asbury, Alexander Campbell, and Lottie Moon to name just a few. It remains true in our times. We admire the devotion and ministries of Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa and Billy Graham.
We may never be called to venture as far or make the sacrifices made by these great Christians, but we need to be ready and willing to venture into our communities to share the Gospel and do our best to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs as Christ has asked us and all believers to do.
About the Workshop
“Discover the Ministry God Has Chosen for You” has been designed to empower every believer to discover the ministry to which God is calling them so they can truly take their place in the body of Christ.
The workshop is Biblically based. It is also very honest and realistic about the commitment each participant must make to discover the ministry God has chosen for them. However it also reveals the profound life-changing experience that comes with the discovery.
Making the workshop practical and applicable has been foremost in its development. Participants will be provided with resources, tools and ideas that they can use on their journey of discovery. The goal is for participants to leave the workshop saying, “I can do this” and with enough courage and enthusiasm to actually do it.
The workshop is to be a learning moment but it is presented in a way that is also entertaining. It has sections that are interactive and also uses multi-media to enhance the presentation.