by Bill Tillman on June 23, 2014 in called
My first impressions of being called to the ministry were filtered through the church context of which I was a part. The phrase used was “called to preach.” Thinking about being called to preach came as I was in the 8th grade. I spent the time until the summer between my junior and senior years in high school trying to gauge the validity of what I was sensing. When I made my conviction known to the congregation, one of the deacons came by and said, “Some of us have seen this coming.” That one sentence helped a great deal toward firming up my conviction of being called.
Make an evaluation of your gifts and skills
by Bill Tillman on May 26, 2014 in called
Talk to persons in ministry whom you admire. They will more than likely be a listening ear for your reflections about whether you have the gifts and skills for being a minister. They may initiate an opportunity for you to try out your skills: present a sermon, teach a Sunday School lesson, lead music, provide leadership to a ministry/mission project, include you on ministry visits.
There are personality inventories, for example, the Myers-Briggs Test, which can provide some clarification on your sense of world view and how you make decisions./p>... [continue]