If you are one who desires the work of a pastor or missionary, Paul says this is a fine work (1 Tim. 3:1). Yet, your responsibility is not simply to rely on your internal call to develop your individual gifts, but to place yourself under the authority of the local church and trust that God will work through the pastors and believers in that congregation to affirm your internal call with an external call. Take every opportunity to serve and care for the souls of the people in your church. Take every opportunity to teach or preach you are given. Humbly serve the church in the smallest of ways, trusting God is preparing you for every future opportunity to minister the gospel to someone. Trust that God is not only at work in you as you pursue this calling, but that he is at work in your local church to affirm that which you feel called to do.
What responsibilities does a young man aspiring to pastoral ministry have to his local church?
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