You are a Full-Time Ministry Staff – You Just Don’t Know It

| September 14, 2012

As I was praying about directions for my life and career this morning, this realization dawned on me, which I believe to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

We are ALL in full-time ministry!

Imagine for a moment that you are now in full-time ministry. You could be a pastor, lay leader, worship director, whatever, but you are already in. Would you be worrying about your career? Would you lose sleep over whether you are going to get your next promotion or where your life is headed? Probably significantly less than what you are doing right now. Why is that so?

I think the answer lies with our perspective. If we imagine ourselves to be in full-time ministry, it is much easier to fully abandon our careers to God since your career is afterall all about God! You are doing His work full-time! So it is much easier to trust and depend on His guidance. And it doesn’t matter as much whether you get a promotion or not. You will not feel so personal about failing to make the next ‘sale’ afterall it is God’s church and as long as you do your best, God will definitely take care of His own church right?

So how is being employed in a different industry or in more ‘earthly’ careers any different?

Isn’t everything we do supposed to be for His glory and His service? Just because we are not directly doing His work, does it mean we are not supposed to live every moment of our careers for His sake? I think one of the main problems is the issue of ambitions. When we talk about being in full-time ministry, we are most likely dead to our own ambitions. We are definitely not out to pursue that luxury car or that penthouse. Our ambition becomes what God wants us to be and not what we want ourselves to be. However, that is not the case for most of us and our careers. We have our own desires and ambitions that we want to reach. And therein lies the source of your worries and troubles.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Col 3:17

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Cor 10:31

We are all called to different careers not just for the sake of putting bread on the table or earning enough for our cars and apartments. We are called to our careers in order to reach out to people working there who pastors and full-time ministry staff will never have the opportunity to do so. All our careers are for his glory, full-time or not. The only difference is the menial work we do, but the overall purpose must remain the same. Period.

So whenever you are tempted to be worried or heavy-laden about your careers and jobs, remind yourself that you are in full-time ministry! Crucify your own personal selfish ambitions at the cross and start seeing yourself called to full-time ministry, just not actually working in the church! God is in control and He will open the right doors for you. If you don’t make the next sale, don’t worry, God will take care of you, since you are His church! If you do not know where your career is headed or stuck in a dead-end job, fret not, because if you are called there at this point in time, He has His reasons and will reveal them to you at the right time if you continue faithfully and seek His will.

So welcome onboard!

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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