What’s your calling? I think that more Christians are becoming aware that they have a calling even if they are not clergy. The observation that “our baptism is our ordination to ministry” has taken on new meaning for many people in the pew as they have rediscovered the concept of “vocation” as a personal calling from God.
As individuals discover their calling or vocation, they are also becoming aware that not every person fulfills his or her calling within the faith community. In Growing an Engaged Church, Albert Winseman points out that “there are far more opportunities to discover one’s calling outside the walls of the congregation or parish.” I think what he is saying that our calling does not necessarily have to be in a traditional place of service within the congregation.
Winseman suggests that there are three questions that spiritual leaders need to ask to help believers turn their dreams or inclinations into callings.
What are your talents or strengths?
What do you love to do?
If time and money were no object, what would you do for God?
Good questions and ones that I would like to unpack a bit in my next three postings.