The post is actually about the “call to the ministry.” This is a phrase that I’ve heard often around the seminary. In fact, for many, this kinds of “call to the ministry” is necessary for someone to become an elder/pastor or missionary.
This is what Josh says:
I had a conversation tonight with some brothers and sisters that sparked something in me. I know there are a lot of people out there who feel this calling from God. Perhaps you are one of them. You have encountered the Lord and have a testimony of Him. You’ve been given special insight into the scriptures, therefore you have a burning desire to proclaim the truth you see there. Yet you feel limited and unable to follow your heart in this way because you’re stuck in a setting where you are not recognized as the teaching pastor or elder-only a “layman”-and therefore you are not allowed to do so. So you feel that the only way to find an outlet for your ministry is to go to seminary or start your own congregation down the road.
Of course, this kind of “call to them ministry” is not found in Scripture. But, what if the “call” from God is actually to something else… something actually found in Scripture.
As Josh further explains:
Might I suggest another alternative?
When all the saints in town came together as the church in the first century it was for the purpose of mutual upbuilding through the functioning of every member. Body ministry was the order of the day. All the saints took turns speaking the truth of Christ to one another in love, or “prophesying” as Paul would call it. They did this regularly….
I dare say that this is what you are seeking. This is where your calling, your gifting, and your passion for the Lord Jesus Christ will find full release and satisfaction.
Something to think about?