A Calling Confirmed

How church planting networks assess and verify whether candidates are, indeed, "called."
A Calling Confirmed

In 1999 the National Football League buzzed with the expected arrival of five superb college quarterbacks. All five were drafted in the first round. A few years later, after the hype subsided, three of those quarterbacks had become complete busts; one started well but descended into mediocrity; only one (Donovan McNabb) fulfilled his promise as a star.

This demonstrates what sports analysts call "the quarterback problem." In other words, it's tough to predict who will excel and who will be a total dud. All five of the 1999 recruits had great potential and even a track record of success; all five wanted to play pro football; but only one actually thrived on a pro team.

How do scouts and coaches assess new quarterbacks, especially when these athletes haven't made a single play with a pro team?

Obviously, it isn't enough for a candidate to say, "I want to play pro football, and I think I'd make a good quarterback." Today, over ten years after the 1999 draft, ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Friday Five Interview: Greg Gilbert
Interview
Friday Five Interview: Greg Gilbert
The crossroads of faith and work.
From the Magazine
I Was Filming a Dangerous Action Scene When I Gave My Life to Christ
I Was Filming a Dangerous Action Scene When I Gave My Life to Christ
How a film and television stuntman met the Lord in the air.
Editor's Pick
His Eye Is on the Pastors
Seasoned Salt
His Eye Is on the Pastors
God sees and watches (as do others), which is both a comfort and a caution as pastors navigate their calling.
close