5 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Ministry Job
A pastor friend recently told me about an interview question he was asked:
“Do you feel called to this church?”
As we talked about this (very) common interview/friend-counseling question, we concluded that this is a flawed question.
It is flawed because it confuses calling with leading.
Hear me out: this is more than semantics. The distinction between calling and leading changes the questions we ask about which job (ministry or secular) we take and ultimately influences where and how we will impact the world.
When we ask, “Am I called to this place?” we are implicitly asking, “Is this the one right place God has for me?” That’s a lot of pressure, with a lot of shady implications for the future.
But when we ask, “Is this where God is leading me?” knowing that our calling can be fulfilled in any number of ministry contexts, a world of possibilities is opened up to us.
This paradigm shift has caused me to ask five questions before I take any ministry job. They’ve been extremely helpful for me, and I know they will help you as you decide on taking a ministry job.