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Are you ready to pursue pastoral ministry? What does your spouse think?


How do you know if you are ready to go into pastoral ministry?

While, I can't speak to this adequately in a short blog post, I do want to offer you an exercise to do with your spouse that I believe will be helpful.

The following is a simple self-assessment to help those thinking about going into pastoral ministry, along with their spouse, reflect on their readiness. These questions are directed primarily to those thinking about serving in a lead pastor position, but they apply to any pastoral role in a local church. Also, the questions are directed specifically to the potential pastor, but should be asked, answered, and discussed together as a couple.

The key to this exercise is humility and honesty. Spend some time prayerfully discussing the following together...

10 Questions to ask before pursuing a pastoral ministry position

1. How have we sensed God's calling to pastoral ministry...do others affirm this?

2. Am I emotionally mature enough to take upon myself the rigors of serving as a pastor in a local church?

3. Am I biblically and theologically competent enough to lead this congregation?

4. Am I organizationally competent?

5. How will I respond to and love my critics?

6. Will I make a commitment for the long haul, through good and bad?

7. Will I be a continuous learner about pastoral leadership?

8. Am I committed to being a positive example and encourager for my family on this journey?

9. Do I have mentors who can coach and encourage me?

10. Do I have a sufficient support system of peer relationships and friends?

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