Growing Leaders: Everyone is Called
July 17, 2015
by Steven Grabiner
What place does a mechanic, builder, or plumber have in the mission field? What about an IT expert, accountant, or graphic designer? Unquestionably there is a spot for teachers, doctors, nurses, and pastors, but what about the rest of us? One of the great misconceptions about mission work is that the opportunities are limited to a privileged few. Here are some suggestions to help you fulfill your gospel commission:
1. Recognize Your Gifts
God never intended for you to be someone else. The talents that He has entrusted you with are needed. Too often young adults question the value that their practical skills might have in the mission field. Actually, this is an area of great need. Whether you are a gardener or a teacher, a writer or a dentist, God’s work needs your abilities.
Education and training are valuable preparation for ministry work. However this can take different forms. Not everyone has the desire to spend four years or more at a university. There are also short training programs and vocational options to learn new skills.
3. Begin Where You Are
Do not wait for the opportunity to work overseas or in an established ministry to begin serving. Get involved in outreach where you already are. Encourage other young adults to join you in seeking what ministry God has in mind for you.
4. Find a Mentor
Youthful enthusiasm, energy, and excitement are powerful forces for good. To optimize these assets, connect with an experienced leader who can give feedback, guidance, and input on your ideas. Someone already in ministry can point out pitfalls and common mistakes.
5. Listen to God
There is no question that God has a plan for your life, and that plan involves serving others. God is intensely interested in leading you to your great commission. As you surrender to Him daily, He promises to guide you. That guidance will be recognized as you work faithfully where you are and watch for His clear providential leadings.