For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. (Titus 1:5-11 KJB:PCE)
How does one know they are called of God to be a pastor?
it’s not the desire to stand before the congregation, and receive the ego boost of preaching a sermon. If that’s your motivation, you may not be called.
The desire to care for a congregation is one strong clue. God does not give just the desire to preach – this could be how Satan counterfeits the gift in wolves in sheep’s clothing. it’s also in the need to care for and shepherd a congregation.
if you find yourself musing on how best to feed a flock, you are probably called to the ministry. Not just in what topics to preach on, but which topics will they need to grow as Christians?
If you find yourself thinking about needing to work on a statement of faith, you’re called to be a pastor.
If you find yourself musing at odd times on your Sunday School curriculum, you’re called to be a pastor.
If you find yourself thinking about church programs, what you’re good with and what you’re not… you’re called to be a pastor.
If you’re thinking about all these things, and also about teaching Sunday School Classes, you’re called to be a Pastor.
If on the other hand, you find yourself only thinking about starting the church, and never anything beyond setting up the programs… you’re called to be an Evangelist, a church planter.
If you find yourself only thinking about teaching the Sunday School, then you’re called to be a teacher, not a pastor.
if you find that your interest in the church merely is that of wanting to be more than just a pew sitter, you’re being led into some kind of ministry. If nothing more than that feeling arises, then that’s ego, and one should hold off until you feel the call of God. If it remains, then you’re a Deacon.
If you find yourself thinking only about the money a Pastor makes, and think it’s easy work – you’re not called to be anything. If you find yourself thinking how easy it would be to take the church from the pastor, you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and probably need saving. Don’t hesitate! Tell the Pastor. Let him know what you’re feeling, and ask him – “Are you sure I’m saved?”