Thursday, April 29, 2010

Call of God (Part 5) - Current Opportunities

You may read parts 1-4 by clicking on the “Call of God” option in the left column under Index of Categories. If you feel like you have a call of God on your life, I would suggest you read them so as to better understand what part 5 is all about.

Often people feel a call of God on their life to be involved in full-time vocational ministry, but are not certain of what. In our limited view – and quite frankly, the limited opportunities found in most churches – we think it only means being a preacher, a youth pastor, a missionary, or one of those guys who waves his arms in front of a choir. Those options don’t excite everyone. So the question is, are there other options?

Yes there are.

Many churches have multiple opportunities for those who feel called into full time vocational ministry. Those opportunities often include Executive Pastor, Discipleship Pastor, Pastor of Evangelism, Pastor of Assimilation/Connections, Director of Small Groups, Family Ministries, Student Ministries (already mentioned above), Children’s Ministries, Age-level Ministries, Technical Directors, Christian Education, Director of Volunteers, Administration, and a variety of other opportunities ,etc. On and on it goes.

At PCC we have a pressing need for the kinds of people who can fill many of these positions. In fact, it is critical for us right now. Without the contribution of such God-called people this church will not be able to reach its redemptive potential; without their gifts this body is incomplete. To that end we are always looking for those people who emerge with a verifiable call of God upon their life. To be perfectly clear, we are never looking to simply “fill a position” but rather are looking for the people who demonstrate a calling and the temperament to be ABLE to fill those positions. Big difference between the two.

Using your God-given leadership gifts to help run a church and impact lives for eternity is a good work and is worth dedicating your life to. Maybe you have a dream, feel a call from God, but don’t know what to do. Stay faithful to do what God has called you to do, and in His timing He just might give you the desires of your heart. If you are called of God, your gifts will get you there.

In the meantime, we are always looking too.

A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men (Proverbs 18:16 NKJV)

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