Are you considering heading into Christian ministry? Here are some questions to ask — especially if you’re a Gen Y guy, like me.
1. Are you already a servant?
A desire to put yourself forward, to ‘lead’, to ‘teach’, does not mean that you should pursue ministry. Have you truly begun serving others yet?
2. Do you relate well to people?
A preoccupation with theology, knowledge, and truth does not mean that you should pursue ministry. Are you already active in loving others?
3. What do others think of you?
Because we are the church, not a club, we need to be attentive to those around us. Have you been talking with your leaders, friends, family and workmates to help you reflect on your personality, your skills, and your motivations?
4. Have others been encouraging you to explore ministry?
Discerning whether you are heading into ministry, and what that might look like, is not a solo flight. Do you already have existing supporters and partnerships?
5. In what capacity would it be best for you to serve?
A desire to give your whole life to God in service does not mean that you should lead a church, or even a small group. Before you consider ‘the ministry’ or ‘mission work’, have you considered paths like ‘workplace ministry’ and ‘professional mission’?
Arthur Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.