When I was 12-years-old, I felt called to ministry. While the specifics of my calling were unclear, I knew I was supposed to spend my life engaged in some type of vocational ministry or mission work. Despite the lack of clarity in my calling, I was able to easily identify and explain my life's purpose to others because of what the church referred to as: the call to special service.
But somewhere along the way many (or if we're being completely honest, most) of us have stopped heeding the special service call. For some unknown reason, we believe people are simply going to hear and discern their calling for themselves - and nothing need to be on our part - or worse, we have stopped believe that people are called to vocational ministry or mission work.
This blog is titled "You are the Missionary," because I believe all people are called to be on mission in their community, and to minister in their church context. Everyone is called to mission and ministry; however, there are some of us that will be called by God to a special type of service: the type of service that sends you across the ocean to serve an unreached people group, or that moves your heart to work in the inner-cities of Texas or our nation on a full-time basis.
Perhaps, God is moving in your heart to be a missional pastor or staff member of a church that will help people get on the mission of God for their lives. Leaders of local churches must begin in some way to issue this special call once again. This is vital, especially in regards to helping young people explore what it is God may be leading them to, just in the same way Eli helped Samuel.
For more information about Texas Baptists Initiative entitled Calling Out the Called please contact Jane Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.