Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe.

Calling

I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister to the people around you, starting with your family, your work, your school, your city, your state, then to the nations! We see this in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
God calls us all to minister once we follow Christ; I think through prayer and growth in your relationship with Jesus He gives you a more specific calling or a heart for a certain group of people. For some that calling/heart is for teens, children, adults, a different nation, and so forth. As for making your calling a career, that is between you and God. Benjamin Graham Read said it best the other day at the Roundtable that (and I paraphrase),
“Some youth pastors would make great volunteers in a Youth Ministry, but the things a Youth Pastor is called to do require more commitment and sacrifice than they are willing to make. ” (Roundtable #16)

Career 

I believe that if your calling is to be translated vocationally in a church somewhere, that God will open those doors for you and give you the tools to do so.  Yet, ultimately, I believe that God has called you to minister to a certain group, and that no matter what you do for your “career,” you should use your “calling” to impact the group you are called to minister to where you are! At the Roundtable, I stated, “If God lead me to some other job/career that took me out of youth ministry, I would still pour into the teens wherever I was.” Just serve where you are, and follow God faithfully day to day and remember that “…I am with you always, to the end of age.” (Matthew 28:20)   What are your thoughts? Did this post help you? Leave us a comment below and let us know.]]>

2 Comments

  1. This is such a hard concept because everyone comes to the table with their lenses on and has a definition of calling...narrow, wide, only church stuff, church stuff are higher than any other, church stuff are lower than other callings, called to marry her, called to this job, called to this country..... Id love a definition and then I can figure it out from there. Give me a definition of calling---which I like yours....why call it a career then. Calling is in your words a challenge to do ministry wherever you are, live the gospel out with everyone you come in contact with in accordance with Matthew. but I would love you to flesh out calling more---what exactly has the bible called us to...because though I like that verse doesn't necessarily reference the idea of calling. Evangelism, disciple making, preaching, expanding the kingdom....but not calling specifically... you could argue that calling is implied as Jesus sends us out Im not sold :) Would love your thoughts and a definition of calling in your words.
  2. This is such a hard concept because everyone comes to the table with their lenses on and has a definition of calling...narrow, wide, only church stuff, church stuff are higher than any other, church stuff are lower than other callings, called to marry her, called to this job, called to this country..... Id love a definition and then I can figure it out from there. Give me a definition of calling---which I like yours....why call it a career then. Calling is in your words a challenge to do ministry wherever you are, live the gospel out with everyone you come in contact with in accordance with Matthew. but I would love you to flesh out calling more---what exactly has the bible called us to...because though I like that verse doesn't necessarily reference the idea of calling. Evangelism, disciple making, preaching, expanding the kingdom....but not calling specifically... you could argue that calling is implied as Jesus sends us out Im not sold :) Would love your thoughts and a definition of calling in your words.

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