THE CALL TO THE MINISTRY AND CAN WE TELL WHEN OTHERS HAVE IT?

Charles Spurgeon said that there are three components to a call from God:
  1. A burden for the work
  2. An obvious, observable gift from God
  3. An opportunity for ministry
Every Christian ought to have some sort of burden for the work of the ministry. 
But the burden alone is not evidence of a call into the work of pastoring or planting a church.
The problem with planting a church is that the need is so great that 
a person, if not disciplined by his church, can find a place without a Gospel witness. But a town without a church is not evidence of a call to ministry
Therefore the deciding factor has to be that other Christians SEE the gifts of the ministry in the candidate
Not only that they are doctrinally sound and talented enough to deliver it but that they are stable enough spiritually, emotionally and with health to do the work without creating a excessive burden upon their marriage, their children or those they minister among.

THE CALL TO THE MINISTRY AND CAN WE TELL WHEN OTHERS HAVE IT?

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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