Mt. Wesley - Kerrville, Texas
Are You Considering A CALL TO MINISTRY?
By nature of our baptism, we are all called into ministry. We are incorporated into the Body of Christ, where we are to utilize our God given gifts and talents for the furtherance of the Gospel and God’s kingdom. It is within the community of faith that persons are identified as having gifts for set apart ministry to lead and provide spiritual nurture to the Body of Christ and be bridge builders between the church and the world. A call to set apart ministry involves a discernment process in which a person not only senses a call from God, but is also affirmed in that call by the Body of Christ.
If you are sensing God calling you to the set apart ministries of Elder, Deacon or Licensed Local Pastor within the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, begin by taking these next steps in your discernment process:
1) Contact your pastor or campus minister and discuss with them your sense of calling.
2) Order the following resource to read and discuss with your pastor: The Christian as Minister available at www.cokesbury.com.
3) Download the Candidate Formation Checklist at www.riotexas.org and begin working through the steps outlined there. Candidacy is the first formal step toward ordination as a deacon or an elder or licensing in The United Methodist Church.
4) Prepare to attend a Candidacy Summit.