Exploring Ministry - Getting Started
Is God Calling You to Ministry in The United Methodist Church?
All Christians are ministers by virtue of their baptism, but many people feel called by God to a special kind of set-apart ministry. The United Methodist Church offers many different ways to serve.
If God is calling you, you may feel a strong urging or encouragement to consider full-time ministry during a prayer service or communion. Perhaps you are a teenager who felt filled with God’s presence at a church camp. Or while on a mission trip or church retreat, you sense that God seems to be inviting you to consider ministry. Maybe people at your church are always telling you they see gifts for ministry in you.
How Do I Know If I Am Called?
To learn more about how to discern God’s call in your life and what steps to take if you are called, visit www.explorecalling.org. You will find resources to help you decide how God is calling you, scripture, and Bible studies, as well as recommendations for devotional books that can help you. You will find information specifically for college students and information about seminaries.
You should also read The Christian As Minister: An Exploration Into the Meaning of God’s Call.
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