Do you feel you have been called to ministry? Like preparing for any job, there is knowledge to gain and skills to acquire in order to become successful in the field. As you respond to God’s calling and pursue a career in ministry, here are some things to keep in mind.
Develop a Foundation in Scripture
Upon entering a position in ministry, it is important to have a strong biblical foundation so you can represent Christ and defend what you believe. Having a hunger for His Word will allow you to continue to study it in-depth and, as a result, gain a deeper understanding of who God is. There is always something more to learn, so continue to be a student of God’s Word. In addition, earning a theology degree can help you to succeed in ministry jobs, giving you the skills to apply Scripture to the context in which you serve.
Be Devoted in Prayer
Having a strong prayer life will allow you to grow in your personal relationship with Christ. Ultimately, everything you do in ministry must flow from what God has put on your heart to do. It can be detrimental to your ministry if you are not dedicated in your prayer life, because you may become distracted and feel the need to take matters into your own hands. However, remaining in Christ will allow you to hear His voice and fulfill the plan He has for you. Remember that no matter what the circumstance may be, God is there to comfort you when you come to Him through prayer.
Know Your Spiritual Gift
Passages such as 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 discuss spiritual gifts and what their purposes are. As followers of Christ, we are all given different gifts by the Spirit in order to glorify Him. We are each unique in our purpose, and together, we make up the body of Christ. Therefore, especially before entering a career in ministry, it is important to understand who God created you to be.
For example, certain individuals are called to be bold leaders for Christ, such as by planting churches. Other individuals are called to speak truth into the lives of others, and may be called to a career in Christian counseling. In addition, some individuals are called to bring others to Christ through creative outlets such as musical worship leadership. Knowing the spiritual gifts you have been given will allow you to be successful in shining His light.
Great things often come from humble beginnings. Jesus came into this world in unusual circumstances for a king. He was born unto Mary, a young girl, in a manger in Bethlehem because there was no room for them at the inn. Throughout His life, Jesus demonstrated what it means to live in humility and to love others. He came to serve rather than to be served. We are called to live as Jesus did, serving others in all we do. It can be dangerous when we lose sight of His glory and begin living for ourselves. However, when we keep Christ at the center of all we do, He will bless us.
Invest in Your Relationships
It is important to be involved in a Christian community that loves and supports you as you serve Christ. For example, having an accountability partner can help you to stay committed and disciplined in your walk with Christ, and you can do the same for them. In addition, there is so much to learn from having a mentor. Reach out to someone you look up to and develop a relationship with them. A mentor can pray for you, disciple you and provide support in difficult times. In addition, they can provide guidance when it comes to making big decisions.
Oftentimes, ministry jobs can take you places you never imaged. While you may start with a certain plan in mind, God might surprise you in the ways He uses your life to be a testament to Him. For this reason, it is important to trust in His plan. Listen to Him and remember that He is at work in all situations, even when you feel discouraged or confused. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Grand Canyon University’s College of Theology educates students to communicate the gospel effectively, serve the church faithfully and ministry with integrity. Visit the GCU website to learn more about how Christian values influence everything we do.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communications at GCU.