You're going to be a Pastor??
We, as followers of Jesus, are all called to ministry. What I sense God calling me to is one of vocational ministry, and a purpose far beyond what I could accomplish without His grace leading the way. As I look back on my life, I can see how God has weaved together this path and prepared me for this time....
It was almost a year ago when I first picked up a document for those feeling called to full time ministry. I saw it sitting on a desk full of papers and was intrigued. So how does one know? How does one get clarity? I began to feel my heart pumping. I couldn't put it down and I couldn't shake it. This was what God had been calling me to- His timing, never late or delayed- always perfect.
Those who know me best know me as an "activator" a "fire starter" and someone always looking to create, execute and move on. I had to be sure this wasn't the next box on my to-do list, it wasn't a filler for my white space or something to keep me occupied. I knew pretty early it wasn't because I knew I'd have to take college classes and well, I don't really like school. Better yet, I was afraid of failing so I didn't even want to pursue that.
Yet, I was slow to process and pray with others, because this is not just a job, it is not just a vocation or a next step- it is a calling. I wanted to be sure, beyond sure that I was sure I knew what God was up to. It was something that had always been there. It wasn't new, it was refined.
I have sought to walk in faithful obedience into some scary unknowns and watched the faithfulness of God unfold in my life. I can look back and see the young girl at the altar who recognized a call upon her life, and follow the thread to where I am now and see the continual work of the Holy Spirit in me, as can others.
Lots of prayer, long hard conversations (some with more digging than is comfortable) outside counsel from the most trusted of friends and God's leading has led me here.
I am grateful to be a part of an denomination, a world wide church, who holds the Biblical belief that men and women are created equal (egalitarian) and that God calls and affirms women in leadership as well as pastoral leadership. I am grateful to be supported by my family, my husband, my friends and my church as I begin classes at Nazarene Bible College and spend the next several years pursuing ordination.
I have a passion to see people live into their full potential to who God has created them to be.So yes, I am working towards becoming a Pastor. I received my first Local License, in April of 2018, and by God's grace will continue on- obediently submitting my life again and again for Him and His purpose.
It is never too late to live in to the purposes God has for you.
And for those of you who have been asking, or wondering......
Q: "What kind of pastor are you going to be?"
A: "Good question! I'm not sure, but I have no doubt that will work out"
Q: "Are you still going to work at the school?"
A: " Yes! I love my job, and I am able to do my school work, ministry hours and my PT job at the same time, so for now I have no plans of leaving!"
Q: "My church doesn't have women leaders or pastors, can you help me out here?"
A: "Sure! Dig deep for yourself, and read this if you need somewhere to begin- The Bible Teaches the Equal Standing of Man and Woman