I was called to ministry when I was in high school. My youth pastor took a few of us to Trinity Baptist College for a youth conference. I also think he wanted us to go there because that was his college. During the conference, I began to feel God's call on my life. I don't think He was calling me to a particular ministry; He was just letting me know that I was His and He was claiming me.
If you are experiencing the same thing, here are three things to do to make sure this is the calling on your life.
- Pray. This should be pretty self-explanatory, but it is amazing how many overlook this aspect. Pray and ask God to verify the calling on your life. Pray to make sense of what you are feeling. Pray. Can't really say much more.
- Prepare for ministry. Preparation looks different for everyone. For me, I began to help out at my church and in my youth group. I went to college to study Bible (changed my major, but more on that later). I volunteered at my church and taught Sunday School. I went to seminary. How you prepare will probably be different from how I prepared. God may call you to seminary, He might not. But you must prepare. You must practice and you must hone your chops. There is no shortcut.
- Have others verify your calling. Many people jump into ministry, only to find out they aren't really meant to be there. They can't preach. They have no gifts for ministry. And that is okay. It is very important that others in ministry verify and confirm the calling of God on your life. Your mom is not the one to confirm your call. In my life, my youth pastor and pastor confirmed my calling. Other pastors have confirmed that God is at work in my life and my ministry. If there is no confirmation of your gifts, this may not be your calling.