Hi! So, I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a pastor or something, but being a shy and quiet person I just pushed it away. I’ve gone through several phases (teacher, baker, +++) and each time I start to question that idea l would start thinking about being a pastor or missionary. Last weekend I was at a youth convention with my youth group and I felt like God was really calling me into ministry. I have no idea what I should do now. Being the quiet type makes talking about stuff hard, so I haven’t even talked to my parents. What should I do??? I’d appreciate any advice you have!
|March 31, 2016 at 17:38|
If you’re feeling called to this vocation, by all means, follow that calling! I commend you for recognizing that calling and thinking about pursuing it. God has a special plan in place for all of us and it’s amazing that you’ve found yours. Talking to parents about this sort of stuff can definitely be tough. I would recommend bringing it up when you might be talking about college or plans for the future and if that doesn’t come up, then try saying something like “Hey mom and dad, can I talk to you for a minute about something? I’d like to have your opinion on it.” and then go from there. If you speak your mind about the topic and show your parents that you’re interested in it, they will most likely be receptive of the idea. Whenever I have to talk about these sort of things with my parents, I brainstorm some possible questions they might ask and prep answers in my mind (showers are awesome for doing this). It’s a good debating skill too 😉 Where are you thinking about going for college? When looking at colleges, see if they have a ministry major and when you’re talking about college with your parents, say something like “Well I hear [insert dream college here] has an awesome ministry program. Could we maybe tour it?” Then your parents will pick up on the fact that you might want to go into ministry without you having to explicitly tell them. Hope this helps! God Bless 🙂
|April 27, 2016 at 16:16|
Coco, yeah it’s definitely not easy! I am already hoping to go to a Christian university (University of Valley Forge). I actually got to go visit with my youth pastor and a couple other teens. The thing is, I feel called to being a sign language interpreter too (I’m already learning ASL). I don’t know if I’m supposed to start there and go into full-time ministry later, or something else. It’s so confusing! I want to do youth ministry. And @talking about college, i think they know I really want to go to UVF (I talk about it a lot).
|April 29, 2016 at 19:46|
Pray. Pray. Pray. And more prayer.
|May 17, 2016 at 09:25|
Emmie, yes definitely lots of prayer! I was able to talk to one of my pastors about it yesterday and told her about how I feel called to youth ministry AND being and ASL interpreter. She said she went through several things before God finally told her to go into ministry (she was 40!). I think that’s what I may be facing too. @equipping the called, that must be the case because I’m in a really messy spot and there’s no way I’d be able to do it if I don’t have His help!
|May 18, 2016 at 21:05|
Surprisingly, a lot of speakers, pastors and even actors/actresses are introverted and shy! If you feel the call to ministry, know that God has placed everything into you that you need to succeed. And he’s with you every step of the way 🙂
I am not a public speaker, but I assume that each time you do it you will become more comfortable with it. Try not to think too far ahead. Take it one step at a time. (Easier said than done, I know!) And like the lovely ladies above me said, pray!
|May 21, 2016 at 08:54|
Adventure Girl, yeah not easy haha. I tend to waayy overthink things. I’m trying to trust God and follow His leading. I don’t think it’s something I’ll be doing right out of high school, but eventually I think I’m going to be a pastor (youth ministry I think).
|May 21, 2016 at 20:42|
CarolineK… My family are all missionaries/ministers and I’ve also been a missionary with them since childhood. We are all such introverts, especially me. Sometimes public speaking or even just speaking up in a large group is such a struggle for me, not mentioning witnessing to people I don’t know. But God is good and when we are weak, He’s strong. 🙂
|June 12, 2016 at 00:17|
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