Exploring Your Call?

Each person feels God’s call in a different way. Sometimes during prayer or communion, you may feel a strong urging or encouragement to consider full-time ministry. During a mission trip or at a church retreat, you might sense that God seems to be inviting you to consider ministry as a vocation. Sometimes, however, you may sense that calling while you’re in the middle of one of your everyday activities—attending class, working at your job, or spending time with friends. Perhaps someone has said something to you that started this train of thought.

However the invitation comes, you have to decide how you will answer. Is God calling you to use your gifts and talents as an ordained minister?

You also need honest feedback. Talk with your family, friends, and your pastor, or another ordained deacon or elder. Share your thoughts and plans with these people and ask their advice. How do they see you sharing your skills, gifts, and talents with others?

If you are just beginning to explore your calling, visit www.explorecalling.org.or click on the related links for information on specific ministry options.

  Professional Certification
   
  Local Pastor
 

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  Ordained Ministry
 

To further explore your call to licensed or ordained ministry contact your United Methodist Pastor and he/she will help guide you through two books:  "The Christian As Minister" and "The Ministry Inquiry Process," both available from Cokesbury

  Contact Information
  Rev. Charles Nordean: cnordean@okumc.org, (405)530-2007