Matt Chandler on "Calling"

Is call to ministry important these days?  To be honest, I don’t hear the words ‘called to ministry’ much anymore.  Heard it all the time when I was growing up… either you were ‘called to ministry’ or your were not.  If you were ‘called to ministry’ and you decided at any point that God had you in anything other than a church role… well, then you had some ‘splainin’ to do.

Perhaps the whole discussion of ‘calling’ broke down when the church started hiring so many specialists.  Sure, senior pastors are ‘called’.  But what about children’s pastors; and music pastors, and tech people; and first impressions staff… the list goes on and on.

That’s why I was glad to hear about Andrew Warnock’s 9 minute interview with Matt Chandler on “Calling to Ministry.  It’s obviously a couple of years old… but great, none the less.”  Take a look and tell me what you think.


1.  How important is ‘calling’?

2.  Tell us about your ‘calling.

3.  Do you require that people on your staff feel ‘called’?  What does that look like?

I’d love to hear from you!



  • Ezra November 29, 2012 Reply

    I didn’t watch the video…something techy is broken but I do often listen to Matt Chandler. Interestingly, I was reading Andy Stanley’s new book and he said he never felt called and he merely just volunteered for ministry. He asked his dad if he had to be called or just volunteer and his dad told he could just volunteer….
    The guys over @ have some pretty good articles on “calling” and work.

  • Dave Treat November 29, 2012 Reply

    There is no such thing as a “call to ministry.” (Explaining this to search committees cost me more than one job.) Every follower of Christ is “called to ministry. We are, however, called to a specific ministry role… sometimes as a full-time minister to McDonalds or Walmart or a school system or hospital. Sometimes, it’s even through a church, which is how this Yankee wound up in Alabama.

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  • Dr. Larry Lucas November 29, 2012 Reply

    Calling is evidenced by the spiritual gifting — which is confirmed by the Body of Christ. All of us have known people who believed they were called to ministry in various forms — but it was clear the spiritual gifting was not there. A call that is not confirmed may not be a call. On the other hand, a conviction about ministry in the Body that does not go away and is confirmed by the Church is real. That sense of the will of God in serving His Church is something that has kept many of us in ministry when the sheep were biting.

    An aside on this issue: is there a relationship between the neglect of the concept of the call to ministry and the large numbers of church boards that chew up and spit out pastors on a regular basis. Have they substituted a less sacred view of pastoral ministry for one in which pastors are mere employees who have certain preferred skills? Is the loss of the concept of a divine call to ministry at the heart of the diminishing concern to hold the pastoral office in high regard?

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  • Tom Fillinger May 23, 2013 Reply

    Calling may include but MUST NEVER be validated merely by ‘feelng’.

    There must be an objective validation by a body of believers and clearly demonstrated evidence of the necessary gifting of the Holy Spirit.

    This requires time. It is my settled conviction that our Seminaries should require a minimum of 1 year of service in a local church under the careful eye of a process designed to validate “the call”.

    In Grace,

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