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Four Points from Spurgeon on a Call to Ministry

May. 16, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

spurgeon5I think there are many people who struggle with whether they are called to vocational ministry. Consider Spurgeon's advice on the signs of that call:

1. You must have an intense, all absorbing desire for the work. A true call to ministry involves an irresistible, overwhelming craving and raging thirst for telling to others what God has done to your own soul.

2. Combined with earnest desire, there must be aptness to teach and some measure of the other qualities needful for the office of a public instructor.

3. After a little exercise of his gifts, you must see a measure of conversion-work going on under your efforts.

4. Your preaching must edify the church, and if it doesn't, you are not called. Be more concerned about your ability than your opportunity and more earnest about your walk with God than about either. The sheep will know the God-sent shepherd.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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