November 14, 2015

Are You Fulfilling Your Calling or Just A Ministry Need?

What is your calling? Do you know what God is calling you to be and to do?

You may know the answer to these questions but, many people have no idea what their calling is, spiritually or other wise. So what many tend to do is operate in a calling that appeals to them. Desiring someone else's call rather than discovering their own.

As it relates to ministry:
  • They may see or feel that there is a need, so they've convinced themselves or someone else to take on that calling.

  • They've been around long enough and have seen enough of someone else's call, that they feel they are capable of filling the need themselves.
Sure, there are times when you will be called or asked to step in, but this should only be temporary. Before you know it, ten years have passed, and you are still fulfilling a ministry need while doing exactly what the apostle Paul suggest you shouldn't do, "neglecting" your call. 1 Timothy 4:14.

Warning: Ministry leaders are guilty of knowingly or unknowingly influencing others into a calling not their own, because it fits a ministry need at that particular time. I've seen this a number of times as it relates to functions in every area of ministry.

It's possible to naturally see people as a means to an end, neglecting their true calling to accomplish personal agendas. This leads to one unconsciously and unknowingly following that agenda rather than what they were called to be and do. Even worse, they find themselves serving the egos of church leaders rather than serving the body.

Too often as leaders what we perceive to be a need is simply an effort to not be out done by the ministry down the street.

Ministry calling has become so subjective because of need, we have allowed people who shouldn’t be in ministry into ministry. Because of this, those same ministries and individuals struggle in so many areas personally and professionally, spiritually and naturally.

Believe it or not, this is one of the main reasons it is difficult to find enough capable, gifted leaders who want to serve.

I said it here, and I'll say it again, the phase "make it work", does not always work.

Remember Paul's letter to the Roman church when he said, "God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well." Romans 12:6, 

Fulfilling a calling that you have not been called to is a strategy for stagnation and dysfunction.

Fulfilling a calling that is not yours will not advance vision or mission and is a stumbling block to growth. It can also lead to burn out.

Filling a slot to meet a need does not mean you're fulfilling your calling. It means you either don't know what your calling is, or you're simply not focused.

My suggestion is that you start living and leading intentionally by focusing on your true calling, your, "One Big Thing".

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