bill tillman

My calling

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.

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Make an evaluation of your gifts and skills

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.... [continue]