Though all Christians are
called to serve the cause of Christ, God calls certain persons to serve the
Church as pastors and other ministers. Writings to young Timothy from the Apostle
Paul confirmed this. It is a high honor to be
called of God into the ministry of the Church. How do you know if God is
Charles Spurgeon identified
the first sign of God's call to the ministry as "an intense, all-absorbing
desire for the work." Those called by God sense a growing compulsion to
preach and teach the Word, and to minister to the people of God.
This sense of compulsion
should prompt the believer to consider whether God may be calling to the
ministry. Has God gifted you with the fervent desire to preach? Has He equipped
you with the gifts necessary for ministry? Do you love God's Word and feel
called to teach? As Spurgeon warned those who sought his counsel not to preach
if they could help it. "But," Spurgeon continued, "if he cannot
help it, and he must preach or die, then then he is the person called of God." That sense of
urgent commission is one of the central marks of an authentic call.
The UFCCM seeks to equip individuals, churches and leadership teams who are affiliates to full fill this call. Please stay tuned for severa ministry training opportunities and resources available from simple workshops and siminars, to correspondence classes to online cources to actual inclass brick and mortor Schools of Theology.