A Note from Pastor Bill: The Call

As a pastor considers a divine call, he will listen to the opinions of others. He will listen to people or groups of people in his current congregation and the calling congregation, his family, trusted colleagues, circuit visitors and district presidents.  We pray for the pastor considering the call to keep himself open to the council of others. 

When a pastor receives a call he should announce a “target date” for reaching a decision.  Normally three to four weeks is the recommended amount of time for prayerful consideration and discussion with others.  We  don’t want to tie the hands of God’s Spirit in this matter, so we keep this open to the pastor and look to him to make his decision in a reasonable and responsible manner.  The pastor considering the call will pray and struggle with questions about where the Lord wants him to serve. He will need to weigh carefully where his gifts and abilities are best used in the work of the Lord’s ministry.  If he cannot decide and has doubts, normally he will decline the call.  His work and commitments to his current congregation should prevail.  If he does accept the call, then he puts his hand to the plow and looks forward and not back.

Once a call has been accepted, the pastor usually works on implementing a quick process of transition. The exact way this works is not only the pastor making the decision but the family, two congregations and two district presidents also get involved.  Be patient; he and his family are coming soon.

Some important assumptions and principles that concern the call are

•        The Office of the Public Ministry is carried out within the context of the Christian congregation and, consequently, the congregation calls pastors to Word and Sacrament ministry within its life and ministry.

•        The pastoral office is a gift (calling of God)(Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:28).

•        The nature of the pastor’s ministry includes “the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry”(Eph. 4: 11-12).

•        The primary attention of a pastor needs to be focused upon “prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4).

•        The primary model for a pastor is Jesus, (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3: 1-7).

      •        The primary characteristic of the public ministry is its pastoral nature, (1 Peter 5: 1-4). We now lift our prayers to God to lead His Church forward in ministry and mission.                                                                                                                              

Pastor Bill

As a pastor considers a divine call, he will listen to the opinions of others. He will listen to people or groups of people in his current congregation and the calling congregation, his family, trusted colleagues, circuit visitors and district presidents.  We pray for the pastor considering the call to keep himself open to the council of others. 

When a pastor receives a call he should announce a “target date” for reaching a decision.  Normally three to four weeks is the recommended amount of time for prayerful consideration and discussion with others.  We  don’t want to tie the hands of God’s Spirit in this matter, so we keep this open to the pastor and look to him to make his decision in a reasonable and responsible manner.  The pastor considering the call will pray and struggle with questions about where the Lord wants him to serve. He will need to weigh carefully where his gifts and abilities are best used in the work of the Lord’s ministry.  If he cannot decide and has doubts, normally he will decline the call.  His work and commitments to his current congregation should prevail.  If he does accept the call, then he puts his hand to the plow and looks forward and not back.

Once a call has been accepted, the pastor usually works on implementing a quick process of transition. The exact way this works is not only the pastor making the decision but the family, two congregations and two district presidents also get involved.  Be patient; he and his family are coming soon.

Some important assumptions and principles that concern the call are

•        The Office of the Public Ministry is carried out within the context of the Christian congregation and, consequently, the congregation calls pastors to Word and Sacrament ministry within its life and ministry.

•        The pastoral office is a gift (calling of God)(Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:28).

•        The nature of the pastor’s ministry includes “the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry”(Eph. 4: 11-12).

•        The primary attention of a pastor needs to be focused upon “prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4).

•        The primary model for a pastor is Jesus, (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3: 1-7).

•              The primary characteristic of the public ministry is its pastoral nature, (1 Peter 5: 1-4). We now lift our prayers to God to lead His Church forward in ministry and mission.                                                                                                                                                    Pastor Bill