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    Matt Chandler on “Calling”

    Matt Chandler on “Calling”

    Is call to ministry important these days?  To be honest, I don't hear the words 'called to ministry' much anymore.  Heard it all the time when I was growing up... either you were 'called to ministry' or your were not.  If you were 'called to ministry' and you decided at any point that God had you in anything other than a church role... well, then you had some 'splainin' to do.

    Perhaps the whole discussion of 'calling' broke down when the church started hiring so many specialists.  Sure, senior pastors are 'called'.  But what about children's pastors; and music pastors, and tech people; and first impressions staff... the list goes on and on.

    That's why I was glad to hear about Andrew Warnock's 9 minute interview with Matt Chandler on "Calling to Ministry."  Take a look and tell me what you think.


    1.  How important is 'calling'?

    2.  Tell us about your 'calling.

    3.  Do you require that people on your staff feel 'called'?  What does that look like?

    I'd love to hear from you!


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    1. Dave on Mon, June 14, 2010

      1. Calling is INVALUABLE and ESSENTIAL. Too many are substituting “talent” or “training” for calling today which leads to short-lived “careers” in ministry

      2. similar to Matt. It was initiated by God and affirmed by what (at the time) seemed to be spontaneous words of encouragement from peers. As a High School Junior I realized the futility of what I was pursuing in life and God impressed upon my heart “I want you to invest your life in things of eternal importance..” It has involved everything from teaching Jr. Highers in a Korean S.S. to youth pastor, solo pastor, Senior Pastor , and now an Associate Pastor - but it is driven by a willingness to do whatever God needs at the moment.

      3. I’ve paid the “dumb tax” by hiring associates in the past who were talented, but not called. Today my co-workers think I go a little overboard when interviewing a potential team member when I ask very directly for the candidate to relate his/her calling to ministry. For me (at this point in my journey) a lack of calling is a deal breaker.

    2. Dave on Mon, June 14, 2010

      In my opinion, the most important part of this interview happens from 7:19 until the end.

    3. Peter Hamm on Mon, June 14, 2010

      Dave, you are so right.

      Occasionally, I have somebody who’ll tell me they want to work in ministry aren’t called, and you can tell because they won’t serve “anywhere”.

      Be faithful in small things and see what happens.

      Great interview.

    4. Lindsay @ on Mon, June 14, 2010

      1.  While we are all generally called to be ministers of reconciliation, I believe that God absolutely specifically calls some to be apostles, teachers, etc…  For those who are specifically called, the calling is imperative…for so many reasons.

      2.  From a very young age, I have been told that I was “wise beyond my years.”  Teaching Sunday School as a fifteen year old, speaking out publicly about division in the church and calling for honesty and unity in the body at the age of sixteen, leading Bible studies and small groups in college…  All of things were more of a compulsion than a desire.  I felt compelled to know the Word, share the Word, teach the Word.  I was instinctually able to discern spirits and speak truth.  Now, as a 27 year old woman, born and bred in the Southern Baptist Convention, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am called to minister…that’s obviously from the Spirit and not from my traditional upbringing.  smile  My calling has been confirmed by my pastor, my husband, and other leaders in my church.  For me, however, the journey is just beginning.

      3.  I don’t have a staff.  I don’t ever plan to have a staff.  smile  However, should someone end up under my realm of leadership, they will have to exhibit a compulsion, an absolute, overwhelming, innate, and urgent drive, to use their gift for the glory of God.

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