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Questions for determining a call to ministry

Calling to ministryI went through an old box the other day and came across a wrinkled sheet of paper with some notes scribbled on it. I don’t remember when I wrote these notes or what the situation was surrounding their context, but reading through them was pretty thought provoking for evaluating my call to vocational youth ministry.

PASSION

  • What excites you? What do you get excited about?
  • What drives you?

PERSONALITY

  • What are you good at? What are your strengths?
  • What are you bad at? What are your weaknesses?
  • What ticks you off? What are your pet peeves?
  • Who in the ministry do you look up to and respect?
  • What kind of ministry are you attracted to?
  • How has the way God wired you prepared you for ministry?

SPIRITUALLY

  • What is God doing in your life spiritually?
  • What are your spiritual gifts?

VISION

  • Where is God leading you spiritually?
  • What do you foresee in future ministry?

EXPERIENCES

  • Are you plugged into ministry right now?
  • What past experiences do you have in ministry?
  • What do others say that have seen you work in ministry?

PHILOSOPHY

  • What do you see ministry as?
  • Define ministry.
  • Describe ministry.
  • Do you see ministry as a lifestyle or a job? Why?
  • All believers are called to ministry, but few are called to full-time ministry. Why you?

CALLING TO MINISTRY BASED ON THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS

  • Faithful — Can you do it every day with passion?
  • Fruitful — Are there positive outcomes? (Is God blessing it?)
  • Fulfilled — Do you enjoy it?
  • If one of these are not present, then you’re in the wrong ministry. Two of the servants were FFF, but one wasn’t and buried his treasure.

Posted on September 27, 2006

  • That’s an awesome list. It looks like something that would help volunteers determine their involvement in youth ministry.

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