I have always been connected with Baptist churches that believe that a call from God is necessary for those who would enter the ministry. But some of the churches have had different responses towards members who might think they were called of God, actually toward two opposite extremes. These are the two responses: 1. One response is to take a hands-off approach. This is sometimes expressed in the idea "if you can be happy doing anything besides preaching, you should not preach." This approach usually means the church will try not to encourage a brother until he has fully expressed that he feels called. 2. Another response is to be pro-active. The church feels they see a gift in a certain brother and they encourage him to try to exercise that gift. This might be reflected in the church asking the brother to exercise his gift before them so that all may see if they feel he actually has a gift. My interest is how your church handles such a matter. How was it handled in your case? What do you think is the proper reaction? Should a church be pro-active in encouraging a member to exercise his gift? Should a church be passive and leave the matter between the member and God? Is there a happy medium between these two approaches? What do you think?