This weeks’ post was the first of a 2-part series on the idea of “Call” in ministry. If you missed it, you can click here to read it.
Here are some resources I have found helpful for diving further into this important subject.
- Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today, by Mark Labberton. I’d suggest looking at page 45 where Mark speaks of the call of every Christian to live as a follower of Christ in every aspect of our lives. This, Mark says, is “our primary calling”. We begin where we are.
- Hearing God’s Call, by Ben Campbell Johnson, Beginning on p. 34 Ben examines eight ways God calls us. This is a good checklist we can hold up and compare to our own experience of God’s call.
- Finally, this article by Melissa Lauber is helpful in articulating what she calls the “cycle of God’s call” – that is, steps we actually go through in discovering and living out God’s call on our lives.
How about you? How have you heard or wrestled with God’s call on your life?
Thriving leaders are called by God in Jesus Christ to serve God’s people in special ways. One’s call to lead starts in the heart of God made known in Scripture through Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary, says,
You and I are to be the tangible evidence of God’s intent for and pursuit of the world today…The Word made flesh in Jesus Christ should show through us. We are meant to be primary evidence of the flourishing love, grace and truth in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.[i]
In over 50 years of local church pastoral ministry, I saw leaders thrive and I saw them dive. By thrive I mean they flourished. They increased in effectiveness. They blossomed in using their gifts for the Kingdom of God. They grew in their usefulness.
By dive I mean they plummeted in their efficiency. They decreased in their passion to use their gifts to serve others. They grew weary in well doing. They were sometimes negative, frequently bored to death, and often uninspiring to those they were asked to lead. Continue reading