Although I am pretty new here, I feel comfortable enough to ask for some ministrial advice (is "ministrial" a word?). I acepted the call to ministry about seven years or so ago. I say ministry, because at the time I didn't really know in what direction God wanted me to go. Anyway, to my shame, I did not move forward. A couple of other guys accepted the call about the same time as I did. One was a pharmacist, with a B.S., so he started his Masters degree part-time at night. The other quit his job, took out student loans, and started full-time Bible school. I, however, did nothing. I talked with my pastor at the time about my calling. He encouraged me to not get discouraged, and to try to get on day shift (he liked to use Wed. nights to let the young preachers "get their feet wet"). I did get day shift, but it came two weeks after our pastor resigned to take another church in a different state. Needless to say, I was devastated (I do not blame him...I believe he was following the will of God), and I was left without a mentor, and without direction. Our church went through three interims in just over three years, and only one of those was approachable (he was younger than the others). But, by the time I was familiar enough to try to approach him, he stepped down. Eventually, my family and I sought out another church. God led us to our present church, a much smaller church. We feel that this is where God wants us to be, but I am in the same fix as before. We have been at our church for almost four years. Our pastor does let me preach occasionally (about once a quarter), but I feel like a cross between a discarded shoe and a caged animal. I feel that I am called to be a pastor, not just an occasional preacher. I do not have a seminary education (although I am enrolled in corespondance Bible school). I have no outlet in which to find that which I feel I so desperately need, namely to preach and teach and get some exposure. I do not hold this against my pastor (he is a bit of a loner, in that he preaches against "yard sales, and bake sales, and car washes to uphold the churches finances", which is not that popular with many other pastors in our area). Anyway, to get to my point and my dilemma- I do not know how I should go about getting into/starting a/my ministry. Should I sit still and wait on my pastor to recommend me to some one, should I be searching out an opportunity, and if so, how? I am totally lost on the subject, and do not know where to turn, or who to ask. I am posting this because we are Baptists, of like faith and beliefs, and I do not think I am going to be bombarded by some of the mumbo-jumbo I see and hear elsewhere. Please, this is a serious request. I pray that some of you have been where I am, and can lend me your guidance.