A lot of people say they are "called" into the ministry. What does this mean? Scripturally, I think it simply means that a man has a desire for the office of bishop. As I see the Scriptures, any one may serve as a pastor as long as he meets the qualifications. I think I should note here, that not one of those qualifications is an ecstatic experience. I don't believe there is a call like the one described by Mark Driscoll of the Emergent Church movement, to whom we were encouraged to listen in another thread. Describing his call he said he had one of those "charismatic moments" where "God spoke to me and told me to preach the Bible, train men, plant churches and marry Grace. Told me exactly what to do." There can only be one conclusion here. That he's saying he had a direct revelation of God like one of the prophets of old. To borrow an rbell-ism, I say "Pish tosh!" So what are your thoughts? Is the call a moment of divine revelation? Is it as I described in the opening paragraph, or somewhere in between?