Jump directly to the Content

It's Your Call

Questions to help discern where God's leading.

My call to pastoring felt like a mix of divine prank and human bumbling. I was one day minding my own business, the next setting up office in a small-town Baptist church. The door had a fresh-engraved plaque on it: "Pastor Mark."

How did that happen? Even now it's not entirely clear to me. I wasn't looking for it, dreaming of it, wishing it were so. I wasn't trained for it. It fell out of a blue sky. It leapt out of still water. It rounded a corner and came straight at me.

It took me completely by surprise.

In spite of that, because of that, it took me years to crack the enigma of calling. Was I truly called? Was I deluded? Was I a fraud? Was I an exemplar? Was my call akin to the Apostle Paul's—a holy ambush—or more like that of the Sons of Thunder, James and John: a self-appointment, a willful and selfish choosing of my own seat in the Kingdom?

Just as I was getting some handle on that, another challenge was thrust on me: how do I, as Pastor Mark, help those I am called to serve ...

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.

January/February
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
The Tightrope: A Case Study in Church Discipline
The Tightrope: A Case Study in Church Discipline
A true account of confronting adultery.
From the Magazine
Black Christians Are Confronting Black Lies About Christianity
Black Christians Are Confronting Black Lies About Christianity
How urban apologetics contends against the distortions promoted by “Black Conscious” movements.
Editor's Pick
Your Pastor Cares When You Don’t Care
Your Pastor Cares When You Don’t Care
Apathy ranked as the single biggest pastoral concern in 2022.
close