What are steps to discover your calling?

January 8, 2024

What are the steps to discover your calling?

Discovering your specific calling in church ministry is a journey that requires self-reflection, prayer, and discernment. Here are some steps to help you uncover your unique calling:

1. Reflect on Your Passions and Talents: Take time to reflect on the activities that bring you joy and the skills and talents you possess. Consider how these passions and talents can be aligned with ministry work.

2. Seek God’s Guidance: Spend time in prayer and meditation, seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. Ask Him to reveal His plans for your life and to help you discern your calling.

3. Seek Counsel from Others: Seek guidance from trusted mentors, pastors, or spiritual leaders who can provide insights and guidance in your discernment process. They can offer wisdom and help you gain clarity about your calling.

4. Take Steps of Faith: Once you have a sense of your calling, take small steps of faith to explore and test your calling. Volunteer in different ministry roles, attend workshops or conferences, or join ministry teams to gain practical experience and confirm your calling.

The mission of Barclay College is to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service, and leadership. 

Barclay College offers 4-year accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas of church ministry. Our campus degrees include Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Arts, and Intercultural Studies. Our School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Arts in Theology, with concentrations in Pastoral Ministries, Family Ministries, Biblical Translation, Transformational Leadership, Missional Multiplication, Quaker Studies, Spiritual Formation, and Practical Theology. Barclay College Online offers 4-year, accredited degrees Christian Ministry Leadership, Biblical Studies, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business Management, and a RN-BSN degree completion program.

Where can I find guidance and mentorship in ministry?

Mentorship plays a vital role in nurturing and growing your calling in church ministry. A mentor can provide guidance, support, and accountability as you navigate your ministry journey. Here are some tips for finding a mentor:

1. Look for Experienced Leaders: Seek mentors who have years of experience in the ministry and have a track record of success and impact.

2. Build Relationships: Attend conferences, workshops, or networking events to connect with potential mentors. Invest time in building genuine relationships with them.

3. Be Open to Feedback: A good mentor will challenge and stretch you to grow. Be open to receiving feedback and guidance, even if it’s uncomfortable at times.

At Barclay College, your professor is also a mentor. They will walk with you through your journey and help you navigate the preparation you need for your calling. Watch how the Barclay College supports you in your calling.


Discovering your calling in church ministry is a transformative journey that requires self-reflection, faith, and perseverance. It’s about using your unique gifts and passions to serve God and others. As you embark on this journey, remember that your calling may evolve and change over time. Be open to God’s leading, seek guidance from wise mentors, and trust in His plans for your life. By unleashing your potential in church ministry, you can make a lasting impact and find fulfillment and joy in serving others.

Barclay College, in Haviland, KS, provides on-campus and online undergrad programs, and a Master of Arts in Theology online with eight ministry concentrations. Barclay emphasizes a biblical foundation for evangelical faith traditions and offers Full Tuition Scholarships to dorm residents.

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