Feeling A Possible Call to ministry - advice anyone?

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  1. BibleBob

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    I don't know if this is the rightboard for this, but since I feel led toward pastor/preaching I thought it'd be fitting. Ever since I was saved (almost a year ago) I've really felt God pulling me toward a future ministry and I really like the idea of preaching. I enjoy studying God's word and I actually was able to lead a youth service atmy church once and teach a lesson which was a really aweosme experience(also an answer to prayer). I was just curious as to any advice how to really confirm one's call. I know the best thing to do is seek God, but I was wondering if any of you current pastors and ministers might have advice as to what type of education to pursue, etc. I'm only 16 now and a junior in high school so I have plenty of time to grow, but i've really begun to ponder and seek God about my my future. Thanks in advance. To God be the glory!

    In Christ,
    Bob
     
  2. g'day mate

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    Bob I can give you one piece of assurance you are going to have many people praying for you,
    may God truly bless you
    John
     
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    Bob,

    A strong liberal arts education is the best preparation for seminary. Although four of the liberal arts are sciences, I would recommend a major in the humanities (English, History, Philosophy) as the best course. These degrees are very writing-intensive, and provide a broad, comprehensive foundation on which to build graduate study.

    My undergraduate degree was in Spanish Literature with Minors in English and Philosophy, and I found that I was much better prepared than the religion majors for the kinds of research and writing expected of a seminary student. In addition, in my opinion a liberal arts education better equips a clergyperson to build bridges between theology and other social, political, and scientific areas.

    You will be in my prayers.

    Joshua
     
  4. zyzex

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    As being called to a ministry, it is personally doubted that one calls himself. The book of Acts has many examples of the N. T. Church's activities under the guidence of God's Spirit. Read Acts 13:1-4 for an example of how one is to be called to a ministry. [​IMG]

    [ November 05, 2002, 10:55 AM: Message edited by: zyzex ]
     
  5. Ben W

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    Head down to a local Christian bookshop and have a look at some books on the subject, and also some that have a focus on understanding the voice of the Holy Spirit who is calling you.

    I would also confide in a minister who you feel comfortable with and see what they have to say about the idea.

    If it is possible why not have a goal to lead a home fellowship for the youth?
     
  6. pinoybaptist

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    Only one way, Bob. Go !
    Now, there are others here who will tell you to go to this school, or that school, or wait for this age, or that age, or pray some more and ask God for a sure sign. Sure sign ? Jesus said, "Go ye.."
    I'm Primitive Baptist. And our people don't believe one has to pray some more, or wait a little more time, or go to seminary first, or seek the support of churches.
    If one feels the Lord's call to preach the gospel, or do His work somewhere, then GO ! .
    Pick up your bag, say goodbye to one and all, and go. If God was able to prepare the widow for Elisha, there is no way He won't prepare and supply His preachers' needs today.
     
  7. TomVols

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    One piece of advice I'd give you is to not make any sudden moves quickly. Having only been converted one year, there needs to be time for growth and maturation in the Lord (see 1 Tim 3:6). Continue studying the Bible and learn how to interpret God's Word correctly. Read good works on systematic theology. Teach occasionally. Be mentored and discipled first. Jesus prepared His disciples intensively, and Paul secluded himself after his conversion and before his ministry. So take some time to grow in the Lord. Then let's talk about ministry and preparation.
     

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