No work can be said to be easy in doing no matter the level of input deemed fit to be put into that particular kind of job. Leaders appear or exist in various forms, and just as a country needs a head in controlling and guiding its citizens and affairs, so also the house of God requires the services of a leader or head in running its own affairs. Pastors as we all know, represent the image of God physical in the church. Pastors take up the duties of God here on earth and act as shepherds towards the directing of the flock of Christ. Their duty and existence in totality, which is of much importance, cannot be downplayed as the church cannot make do without them. The flock (church body) may somehow appear as being headless or may lack that sense of proper direction in general growth and outlook. Sometimes, one may wonder how to become a pastor, and in effect, what really are the procedures or guidelines that direct one into achieving this all important vision. Well, to help in quenching the curiosity most of you have inside, I happened to do some snooping around in a bid to enlighten you more on how to become a pastor.
If you’ll all agree with me, in today’s modern world, choosing a career, through to the point of becoming well vested in it often at times tend to require much needed professional training or education before one can really boast of being a gem or pro in that particular chosen field. In times past this was not so and every or anybody could delve into any profession they deem fit in entering once they feel they have that physical ability/ strength or the manual know-how in doing that kind of job or perhaps may have just about a little bit of information regarding the career area chosen. Intellectual knowledge and mental capabilities do not come into play over here as none of that was made an essential or pre-requisite before one could be recognized as a qualified entity in that career field. One will normally assume that becoming a pastor need not much training or education as it’s entirely a field reserved and decided upon by God and this can be related to his “calling” of people into the ministry all by himself. But is this assumption entirely true? Is spiritual calling all one really needs before they can indeed measure up to the status of becoming pastors? Or are there other pre-requisites needed before one can fully acknowledge their positions of being pastors? Hmmm…., confused as you all may be, I need to assure you of the situation not being entirely so. To get to paint a much precise and clearer portrait to you all, why not tag along as I take you through some of the needed processes one should endeavor to go through before becoming a pastor.
HOW TO BECOME A PASTOR : Through Biblical Qualification
The bibles voice on one’s decision to become a man of God is directed towards the possession of certain relevant traits and values of which if one should lack, puts that person in the position of not being somehow qualified to take up the mantle of becoming a genuine pastor. You can attend a theology school and hold many ministry degrees but it wouldn’t necessarily make you a qualified pastor in the sight of God. For one to be a true man of God or represent him in another way, he needs to live a life worthy of emulation and admiration. He is the shepherd, the leader of the flock and as such his deeds should portray and impact positiveness in the life of his followers. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)… This is a faithful saying: “If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil”. This certainly clearly lays out what is expected of one to do scripture- wise, if really the desire for becoming a pastor stems deep within one. You need to weigh your strengths and weaknesses. Have adequate knowledge concerning what the scriptures are saying and try to link that with your pursuit of wanting to become a pastor. No one can really live and depend on themselves if they really desire to serve the lord and act as his assistants here on earth. You need to be guided. Your life needs to portray an essence of spice worthy of emulation by others who come into contact with you.
How to become a Pastor : One needs to have a calling
If a person desires to do the work of God, he first has to be called by the most high. In fact most bible schools ask you about theology students about their calling in the first day of class! This personal call made by God himself to a person who desires to do his work is one that is usually established between God and the person being chosen. Often at times, those who’ve had to go through this calling refer to it as the most important key needed to be able in pursuing ones pastoral dreams. It’s during those moments when you feel somewhat confused about whether you choosing the right path in becoming a pastor, and God is made eminent in your situation by re-affirming his love, trust and faith in you. Without getting the needed spiritual invitation of serving the lord, one may not relay boast of being ordained and accepted by God himself since there was never a calling or formal invitation to come do his work. Calling must come from God and no one else. He is the only one who has the utmost power of making pastors.
How to become a Pastor: Through Ordination
You need to be ordained by the church you find yourself in: Not only do you need the calling of God, which is an essential ingredient in becoming a pastor, but also there’s the need to gain acceptance and recognition in the ministry within which you find yourself. How do your fellow brethrens you’re your pursuit of the pastoral path in general? Do they support your decision of wanting to minister the word of God to others? Just how welcoming are the leaders of the church concerning your decision to becoming a pastor? All of these questions and many more should be sought out if one wishes to become a pastor. Perhaps you may be all too sure of making a good pastor when eventually you become one, but people might think otherwise too, which shouldn’t be the case. The space within which you find yourself should be able to shield and accept you as one of their own. You need to have that total conviction of the fact that becoming a pastor is the path you choose to follow and convinced beyond all doubts that you can really do the work of God as he has called and chosen you among the lot. Becoming a pastor should stir up some form of wild passion and uncontrolled thirst compelling one to be coming what they want to become- pastors.
How to become a Pastor: Through a Seminary or Bible College
After ones transition through receiving the inevitable calling from God, the other next most important factor is to seek pastoral enlightenment. This can be termed as one fully developing and nurturing themselves into the pastoral field both spiritually and mentally. Intellectual know- how on one becoming a pro in whatever field it is that they have chosen is very vital if the need to better oneself is so desired. You may be called into becoming a pastor, but it doesn’t just end there you see. It requires an additional training and learning theoretically in order so one can become well vested in whatever it is they do and say as pastors. Now it is easy since there are online bible college accessible from everywhere. You can be gifted spiritually in doing so many different kinds of things with your pastoral calling but you don’t have to limit yourself to that aspect only. Seek further knowledge, explore other diverse ways and means of adding up to what you already know or have. Look for a suitable and well qualified seminary or bible college and just rely on God to do the lecturing while you do the listening and learning. Becoming a pastor isn’t about who’s much better or more spiritual in appearance. Self proclaimed righteousness does not make a good pastor…, we all need to learn and add up to whatever gift it is we’ve been given by God. Learning never stops! It’s the surest way in reaching out to others and winning them over if we want to be the best in whatever we choose to adopt in life.
In a nutshell, the decision to become a pastor must not be a forced one. It needs to stem out deep from within the heart of one. Just because my Uncle Joe is a pastor does not mean I will also become a pastor if I so choose to go down that path. The fact that I love the lord and always want to do his will and calling does not necessarily mean that it is destined for me to become a pastor even though I’m yet to receive that all important pastoral calling…., or the fact that my pastor at church thinks I might make a great pastor one day means that automatically I must become one. NO NO NO! That’s not what becoming a pastor should be like or arise from. It’s a wrong notion. Get it out of your mind. You need to have your mind set aside on God and him only. Focus on his words and meditate on it daily. Let him reach out to you in prayer and listen to his voice about your choice to wanting to serve him. If it be his way, let his will be done. If not, then it’s just not your calling. You might miss out on becoming a pastor, but hey, do you know what God has in store for you? He said in his words that he knows of the thoughts that he has for us…they are not thoughts of evil or bad, but they are pure and good thoughts. Allow him to use you in his ministry. Do not decide for him. Seek him earnestly in prayer and he will show you great and mighty things. Doing the work of God is not an easy one and no one should take it for granted ever. We were all not born into becoming pastors, but for those who find themselves lucky enough in having the opportunity to be called in serving and calling others into repentance and servitude of the Lord should do well in going according to what the lord proposes. And remember that location shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are now reputable online bible colleges. Don’t become a pastor based on monetary gains but rather His will. Let no man do as he wills and desires. For that may mean going against what God has ordained and put together.
How to Become a Pastor was written by: Chantelle Iris Nunoo.