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How do you know if you’re being called to preach?

Discussion in 'Full and Part Time Ministry' started by Honeymoon, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. Honeymoon

    Honeymoon New Member

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    Just a general curiosity, not trying to say I am being called. What types of things did you feel or go through?
     
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  2. Maria Billingsley

    Maria Billingsley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If your preaching is saving souls. Be blessed.
     
  3. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    I think it's something that has to be tested. I was very unsure, and it didn't help that initially I was in a church that discouraged me. But over time as I had opportunities to preach - and see people respond to that preaching - I could see God at work in what I was doing.

    I think it's also important to be clear in your own mind what you think preaching is supposed to be, and what you're trying to accomplish. As long as, in my mind, the focus is on the congregation, and offering them something that will be helpful to them, in genuine loving relationship, then it's fine. But if I drift into "performing," or trying to prove something, then I lose my way very quickly.
     
  4. NomNomPizza

    NomNomPizza Active Member

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    eeee no?
    thats two dinstinct Jobs , preacher is feeding church with knowledge while evangelist is winning souls
    Preacher can do both but these are separate jobs
    Every Christian is called to be evangelist while not everybody to preach
     
  5. Maria Billingsley

    Maria Billingsley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A preacher communicates the word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This covers all ministries.
    Ephesians 4
    11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [e]edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
     
  6. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    Context is everything. What does this group of people need to hear from God's word at this moment? Sometimes that will be prophetic, sometimes evangelistic, sometimes pastoral. Sometimes mission-oriented, sometimes about personal growth, sometimes moral challenge.

    The first step in good preaching is listening to and knowing your congregation.
     
  7. Tolworth John

    Tolworth John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Preaching like any Christian service is something that is tested through ones service in one's church.
    No one just gets a call to be a Billy Graham or a world famous missionary. They all start out working in there church where ever they are needed.
    There enthusiasm is spotted and they are asked to help in other areas and as they learn and grow in knowledge and ability, are given bigger tasks.

    Someone thinks they are called? Ask them what are they doing in there church?
    Ditto want to go to theological college? What are they doing in their church, does the leadership back, support them, how much will they be missed?
     
  8. Pioneer3mm

    Pioneer3mm Active Member Supporter

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    I wrote a comment/post on your other thread..'spiritual gifts' section.
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    You are a Pentecostal.
    If you are searching for an answer whether you are 'called to ministry'..
    - It might be helpful to find/know what your spiritual gifts are..
    - & specific ministry gifting.

    More of His grace & guidance to you..

    Blessings,

    * Your task/assignment can change..
    - During the ministry journey.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2021
  9. Honeymoon

    Honeymoon New Member

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    Yes sorry for double posting someone on the other thread suggested I post the question here. Thank you for your answer.

    I’d like to know what my spiritual gifts are, guess I just got to keep praying. I sometimes fantasize when I’m listening to music or something about preaching to people and helping lead them to God. But I don’t know if pastoring would necessarily be for me, kind of the quiet /shy type. Most of all what I do know is that I want to see people saved, my heart aches for those who aren’t.

    God bless you
     
  10. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    There are lots of introverts in ministry, for what it's worth. We just tend to have a slightly different style than our extroverted brothers and sisters. :)
     
  11. Honeymoon

    Honeymoon New Member

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    How would you say your style differs?
     
  12. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    Partly it's about things like how I manage my diary. I deliberately build in blocks of time between heavy pastoral commitments, for example, so I can come back to the office and mentally/emotionally decompress on my own, in a way that an extrovert might not need to.

    Partly it's about how I do big events. I don't tend to want to be the centre of attention, but I will often look for the person standing on their own and go talk to them. I work better, and prefer to, for example, teach in interactive small groups rather than talking to large groups.

    Partly it's about relationship style. For example, if I want to thank you for doing something, my instinct is to find you one on one and express my thanks privately. It took me a while to learn that some people got very hurt by this, as they expected public thanks in front of everybody.

    The first time I was supposed to preach, I had a massive panic attack and ended up not going to church at all that day. But I was fortunate to be supported through that by a minister who saw my potential and gave me help to try again, and gradually I've found my own voice and a way of relating and speaking to people that's authentic to who I am. :)
     
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