CCIT ASSISTS CHURCH LEADERS
YOUTH TO DISCERN A CALL
a world increasingly focused on graduating college students who can earn
high salaries, choosing a career in ministry can be difficult. That's why
the Church Connection Initiative at Trinity decided to address such an
issue at "Faith Engaged: The Church in Today's World," a mini-conference
for pastors and staff, held at the College October 5.
Rev. Tim Hoekstra, Rev. Pedro
Aviles, and two Trinity Christian College students led a seminar titled:
"Discerning the Call." The sectional was designed to provide insight and
assistance to church leaders who want to influence young people and teens
in their congregations to consider careers in ministry.
The seminar began by focusing
on the importance of having adolescents build a personal relationship with
Jesus. "The real call is a vertical one," Rev. Aviles said, "and when a
person has a radical recognition in their heart that Jesus Christ really
has made a difference -- where they become connected with Jesus Christ
-- that's where to start."
Building off of that foundation
of faith, God issues a direct call to serve in a particular capacity. "By
affirming a personal relationship, we cannot resist God's call to ministry,"
Rev. Hoekstra said.
Once God places the mission
on the heart of a member, leaders can serve God by helping nurture that
passion in three important steps: having older members mentor youth,
assigning them specific tasks, and staying in contact with them, Rev. Hoekstra
The team also placed a high
importance on pastors praying, noting a recent study, which showed that
57% of pastors pray fewer than 20 minutes per day.
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