I have called you by name, you are mine.
“Every local church should intentionally nurture candidates for licensed or ordained ministry, providing for spiritual and financial support” (Book of Discipline: Par. 247.8).
By Rev. Jeffry Bross, Flowing Grace UMC
God is calling. Are we listening? Do we hear the call of God whispering in the night to follow? Do we understand the shouts of Christ sending us into the world to serve? Do we feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to preach and teach and serve?
I was someone who needed a lot more than a whisper, a shout and a nudge to finally respond to God’s invitation to servant leadership in The United Methodist Church. I must have ignored God dozens of times and yet, God’s patience finally won and the call became clear and I obeyed. Maybe we are like Saul, Simon, Samuel, Moses, Martha, Jacob or Abraham who need our names said twice to make us listen. God is in need of leaders, deacons, elders, educators, missionaries and so much more. Are we willing to hear and to respond?
The Board of Ordained Ministry is asking each church to celebrate a DAY OF CALL on Sunday, November 12. Pastors, share your own call story. Invite those who attended seminary out of your congregation to come back or send video testimonies to utilize in worship. Offer resources for those who might be hearing the call to leadership. Click here to read Bishop Sally Dyck’s own call story in her monthly column.
Invite those who might be hearing a call to ordained ministry to be prayed over in worship. Motivate the staff parish team to “enlist, interview, evaluate, review and recommend annually to the charge conference lay preachers and persons for candidacy for ordained ministry (par. 258.2.g.9). Go back into the history of the church and celebrate anyone who has gone into ministry out of your local church. Encourage all persons to listen to God’s call in their lives, whether it is to ordained ministry or lay ministry.
If you have any questions, would like help with worship resources, or would like to share worship ideas, or call success stories, contact me, Rev. Jeffry Bross, BOOM recruitment team chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-239-2321.
God is calling. Are we listening?
Watch Bishop Dyck share her own call story