Lots of people do think only theologians may lead the church. they forget that the first churches in Christianity were not lead by theologians nor by very highly educated people, except the ecclesiae lead by Luke and Paul.
The followers of Christ arranged the meetings to bring and to keep people in the faith. also today it are those who have come into the faith who should arrange meetings and make the best of a service to study the Word of God and to worship God.
Each believer should take up his or her task according the talents God has given him or her. Each person in the Christian community should remember that it is God Who calls and gives the blessings. We should be pleased with God’s election unto salvation and treat it carefully (Matt 9:13; 1 Cor 1:9; 7:18, 22; Gal 1:6, 15; 1 Thess 2:12; 1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 1:9).
We do have to follow God’s call and have to pursue the mission we are required to fulfil by Jesus Christ, going out into the world proclaiming the Gospel of the coming Kingdom. Those who are married, have no excuse saying they can not be a priest, pastor or ‘theologian‘. There is no obligation of celibacy. It may be more difficult as a married person to work for God and having a family, needing to work for a living, etc. when we do feel like we should engage ourselves in the work of God we should go for it. We should make work by studying the Bible and not as much all those theological books , writing of human beings, who were themselves not the chosen ones from God. Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Mordecai David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Habakkkuk, Zephania, Zecchariah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter and Jude were the men god has asked to write down His Words. Their writings we should take as the most important study material. Writings of others may be of help, but never may be receiving the priority, like they get at university and theology colleges.
We always should remember that Jesus asked his disciples to proclaim the Word of God, and that is what each Christian should do. The biblical criteria for being qualified for ministry is not having a degree in theology but is most of all the will to be a servant for God. It is lowering yourself and giving yourself to take any position needed to have an ecclesia or church working and growing. To get life into an ecclesia there has first to be enough desire (1 Tim 3:1) and the right character to help all those in the group of believers. (1 Tim 3:2-7).
God Himself has given the directions for creating, making and keeping a community of believers = an ecclesia or church. We should follow His directions and offer ourselves as a person willing to take up the necessary job in that ecclesia. Please never come with the excuse you are not a theologian, for not having to organise a bible study class, or to bring prayers in front of the community, or to lead a worship service.
- How do I know if I’m called to ministry? = common question posed by men + women feeling a tug to full time vocational ministry.
- Each of us called to love our neighbor as ourselves + each of us is called to ministry of reconciliation that Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 5.
- some are called to pastoral ministry as a vocation.
- Thomas Oden’s book, Pastoral Theology, offers some very helpful + probing questions to ask yourself if you’ve received a “call” to life-long church ministry.
- intellectual ability up to it
- Having means of grace (worship, sacraments, Scripture) ingrained in lifestyl
- How much willing to give up in order to serve
- competent to lead a community of faith
- communicate Christian message with persuasiveness and integrity
- cultivating spiritual disciplines
- capable of becoming competent interpreter of Scripture
- = good gut-check
- To know Christ is filling life with meaning
- A voice and a Word given for wisdom
- Bible for you and for life
- Bric-a-brac of the Bible
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
- When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation
- Atonement And Fellowship 4/8Hope by faith and free gift
- Your position about materialistic desires having conquered the world
- Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
- Making church
- Looking on what is going on and not being of it
- Breathing to teach
- Showing by the scriptures that …
- Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
- Different assessment criteria and a new language to be found for communicating the faith
- What Should I Preach ?
- Necessary to be known all over the earth
- Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
- A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
- A Christian has to have eyes and ears and a tongue to use in good ways
- Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
- Preaching Christ Is Not Enough
- Preaching by example
- Daring to speak in multicultural environment
- Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news
- Preaching to an unbelieving world
- Crisis man needed in this world
- It is Today
- Signs of the Last Days
- Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
- When discouraged facing opposition
- Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
- Engaging the culture without losing the gospel
- Counting sands and stars
- The Big Conversation
- The Big Conversation – Christadelphians in the United Kingdom
- The Big conversation – Antagonists
- Trying to get the youth inspired
- Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
- Being Missional
- Theology without spirituality sterile academic exercise
- Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked
- A Synod to speak freely and to listen without reservations
- What Is a Christological Anthropology? (marccortez.com)
- Doing Local Theology (munsonmissions.org)
- Queering the Christian Experience (daily.jstor.org)
- Books that Answer Christian Questions (kennethdprice.com)
- WATCH: Donnie McClurkin Calls ‘Preachers of’ Series ‘Vulgar, Despicable, and Damning to the Body of Christ’ (blackchristiannews.com)
- Pastor Matt discusses his past experiences as an atheist – part 2 (winteryknight.com)
- Book Review: An Invitation to Christian Analytic Theology, by Thomas McCall (bennasmith.wordpress.com)
- What Makes a Theologian (steppingtoes.wordpress.com)
- To find ways of Godly understanding (fromguestwriters.wordpress.com)
- Romans 4 and the Sacraments (fromguestwriters.wordpress.com)
This is a common question posed by men and women who are feeling a tug to full time vocational ministry. Now, I get it. In one sense we’re all called to ministry. Each of us is called to love our neighbor as ourselves and each of us is called to the ministry of reconciliation that Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 5. I’m all for this!
But while each of us is called to ministry in that way, I do believe some are called to pastoral ministry as a vocation. Thomas Oden, in his book, Pastoral Theology, offers some very helpful and probing questions to ask yourself if you think you’ve received a “call” to life-long church ministry.
The questions speak for themselves. They are as follows:
Is my intellectual ability up to it? Can I write complete sentences? Think critically? Spell sacrament? Speak intelligibly? Identify a leap in…
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