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  1. Jd2015 New Member
    Jd2015

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    I wasn't sure where to post this. I went to post in vocational ministry but see that no one has posted there so decided to go with this forum.

    I am 31 years old, I was called into ministry in eight grade. I didn't step into pursuing that call until I was a junior in High School. After high school I attended Masters Commission (in short is a christian discipleship program) I attended for two years and then interned at a church in Northern Indiana for a year in a volunteer basis. Afterwards I took the youth pastor's position at my home church in a volunteer capacity. After being there for two years God called me to Bible College. I attended for 4 years and then moved back to Illinois. My wife and I recently became the children's pastors ( again, in a volunteer basis) at the church we are now attending. My wife is really good with children and this is my first time doing children's ministry. While I love it, I don't have the passion for it that my wife does. She tends to do more of the leading and I support with where she needs me.

    My whole point in this is that I'm sick of volunteer positions. I've my whole life since high school preparing for ministry it's the only thing on paper I have experience in and it's what I have a degree in (church ministries). With this being said I am stuck working jobs that I hate in order to support my family. I feel like my gifts and talents can't be used to their fullest capacity because I'm stuck working mundane nine to five jobs that use my energy and focus and gives me hardly any time to pour into ministry.

    Starting out in my early twenties is was fine doing volunteer. But I'm 31 now, 10 years since my first volunteer positions, and I'm still stuck.

    I'm asking for prayer because I know I am where God has me, I just need to see his plan and need to know that I'm not going to be stuck doing this forever. I also need my heart to be adjusted so that I don't feel this way. I want to be a pastor in full time capacity so bad and it causes me to get depressed when I think about having to return to work every Monday doing something that I'm not 100% committed to.

    Prayer and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    JD,

    I am a 31 year old Chef who has been called into ministry, but being called into ministry does not mean that it has to be in a church setting. My ministry calling is to set up a restaurant that will reach, teach, and mentor young adults who have phased out of the foster system without ever finding a real family to take in. Remember that ministry is simply service, and we are placed exactly where God wants us to minister to others. Your "dead end" jobs are a chance for ministry, your volunteer work is a chance for ministry, being a husband is an opportunity for ministry. Waking up every morning is an opportunity for ministry. Everything we do should be done for the glory of God and with joy because every day is an opportunity to serve the God of hope. My advice for you is in my signature... It sounds like you need to reconnect with the God of hope and rediscover the Gospel; experience the Gospel anew; and live the Gospel. I will be praying for you.

    Perhaps you need to sit down and figure out the gifts of the Spirit that you were given. Your wife has a gift of ministering to children, but what about you? Is it writing, teaching, counseling, or anything similar? I grantee that if you take the time to seek out the gift that he has given you that you will come to know the true form of ministry for which you were called, and I bet it will surprise you and be something that you never would have desired for yourself. Remember, God qualifies the called, He does not call the qualified, so keep an open mind and an open heart, and seek him. And if you get stuck, try asking your wife what she thinks your spiritual gift is, it might surprise you to find out that wives are usually very perceptive about such things and all you had to do is ask. God Bless.
     
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    I just had another thought. Perhaps you have been searching for that one opportunity that will allow you to show everyone your skills. If this is the case, stop looking for every opportunity that you can take and just focus on developing your skills of service. Stop focusing on looking for the chance to be who you think God is calling you to be and focus on who you know God wants you to be right now. Strive to become the best Husband, the best volunteer, the best employee at your job, and the best image of Christ you can be right now. Do this and you will you will be ready for the purpose of your calling when God presents it to you.
     
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    I want to thank you kenneth. My wife and I had a great discussion about this, and God has been opening my eyes to a lot. I was praying the other day and I was reminded of a quote I heard once, "Once you become saved there is no such thing as secular employment, everything you do is for the kingdom or you're not to be part of it." As soon as I started viewing my job in this light the Lord began bringing me freedom from my attitude the week before. I have also started to make it a point to pray in the spirit every day and have noticed a huge difference. My wife gave me a lot of areas to see my gifting and reminded me that when the time was right the Lord would promote me.
     
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    You are most welcome. That is great to hear! I will continue to intentionally pray for you. I must admit that I constantly have to remind myself of the same thing, so when I read your post, it hit close to home and I immediately felt a conviction to respond.
     

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