Charles Spurgeon said that there are three components to a call from God:
- A burden for the work
- An obvious, observable gift from God
- An opportunity for 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.