My Sense of Call (part 1)

September 26, 2011 — 2 Comments

The purpose of my life is to be a leading servant who spreads God’s love around the world.

I do that by serving and helping leaders. That sense of call for ministry comes from when I attended a training on how to lead small groups at our church. I was originally at that training because I wanted to create a small group of guys who would study leadership from the Bible and spend time getting to know each other.

I wanted to create a group of Christian guys who have leadership potential and want to lead. While at that small group training I felt God tell me, “Christopher, I want you to go to make leaders of everyday men and women.” Before this happened I already had a good feel for my sense of calling. I had been involved in leading a volunteer based program for five years, and I had personally seen the difference that good leadership has on a program. Therefore I was at the small group training to learn to train leaders, and what God shared with me was a tremendous encouragement that I was walking along the correct path.

I also feel called by God to fill the need and hunger for leadership growth in our community, country, and world. There are many needs that our country and world has, but one need that every country has is more Christian leaders. We desperately need more leaders who have integrity and who are effective. This is part of the affirmation of my call: that what I feel called to do is desperately needed.

A large part of my call to ministry is simply to encourage leaders, which is why I have written a book with that same purpose titled, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community. I wrote the book to encourage other leaders and teach them how to lead people to do great things in their community. No matter how good of a leader they are, there will be times when leadership is tough and I believe that is an important message to communicate. And a good leader needs to know that those times are going to happen. But how does my call to serve leaders get lived out and done?

I feel that a large element of my call to ministry is to write. I am a pretty good writer. I can easily sit down with a pad of paper and pen and get down principles and ideas that will significantly help leaders. In addition to writing, I feel that I have a broader set of strengths that have affirmed my call. Those strengths are:

  • Visioning – Seeing the future of what God wants me to create and to do in order to further His kingdom
  • Thinking – Generating ideas and concepts that will help that vision become reality
  • Communicating – Communicating my vision and ideas to a group of people either in writing or speaking
  • Creating – Making daily progress on that vision by creating new things and new services to help people.[1]

These strengths allow me to be an effective leader and creative communicator.

Based on my best discernment, I believe my sense of calling is to serve and help leaders full-time. I am here on earth not just to teach, but to also be a good leader who lives out leadership principles daily.

Because I am willing to be an example of a good leader, I am open to the idea of employing lots of people to influence them positively because I know that I can teach leaders two ways: 1) By being a good example; and 2) By what I say. I have a file folder in my home office titled, “New Org” which consists of all of the ideas that I have had and think might be worth having as part of my organization. With that said, my sense of call of ministry is to play a vital role in serving leaders so they can become better at what they do. But, like any other goal and project worth pursuing, there going to be perils and pitfalls that I will have to deal with along the way.


[1] Christopher Scott, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community (Turlock, CA: Maximum Impact Leaders, 2010).

 

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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  • Alexander,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Yes, I am happy to spread’s God word and I hope to be able to share the good work He is doing in my life here on this blog.
    Thanks for commenting.

  • Alexander Tiedemann

    Wow, I’m truly delighted that there are people who are proud to be a leader in spreading God’s word. These leaders need support and encouragement in order from the other members in order to be strong. I’m very happy for you! 😀