08.05.14

Called to Preach

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How do you know if you’re being called to the ministry? Thabiti Anyabwile, Louis Love, and Tony Carter come up on the porch to discuss what a “calling” to ministry is and is not. Do you like that language of a “call”? How does a church know when to affirm a brother who feels called? What other factors should be considered? C’mon up on the porch and join this conversation.

The Brothers on The Front Porch
The Front Porch was started by Louis Love, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tony Carter. Holler at us on Twitter: @TalkOnThePorch

C’mon Up!

  • Larry Miles

    Hmm…not much feedback on this one. My buttons were pressed, immediately with the use of “call.” Bro. Love was spot on, about “the call,” being mystical in some contexts and am very familiar with that. I resonated with the internal and external, indicators/affirmations and attention to “immediate callings,” relative to one’s life. (That was profound). And, certainly, if a church does not have young men, coming forward with the desire/aspiration, that, is problematic for the future. The presentation, lifts the bar to what it is all about and I frequently, became introspective as I viewed the vid. Almost like, examine myself,” type, response.

    Looking back, I was eager to know what the Bible means, by what it says, as a preteen. It carried me along as I grew older and began teaching Sunday school, moving along through the different age groups, eventually to the adult class, teaching men’s discipleship later in life, general Bible classes and ultimately being introduced publically, with the “trial sermon.” Affirmation came along during each phase. However, I was in my 40’s when I did the famous or infamous 🙂 “trial sermon.” First sermon was, The Power of the Cross,” ().

    Responsibilities as a minister of music in the church also were valuable, speaking publically for God and sheparding people.

    You guys are such a blessing!

  • Wyeth Duncan

    Excellent discussion! And I definitely agree about the internal and external dimensions of the call, as well as giving attention to “immediate” callings. Personally, I can testify to a very clear, definite–almost mystical–internal call, which I experienced 25 years ago. But, thank God, there were also very clear external confirmations from God’s people, both then and even up to the present time. I ONLY wish I could have received some to this wise guidance, discipleship, mentoring and encouragement that you guys spoke about when I started out 25 years ago (“Through many dangers, toils, and snares…”).

    • Louis Love

      Hey Wyeth
      It’s good to see you up on the porch. Trust the transition is going well. I know I still owe you and Katherine dinner. We are going to get it in, Lord willing.

      I like the way you explained your call to ministry. It demonstrated the balance we were discussing. You know I know about the “many dangers, toils and snares” that we face when we are on “the rough side of the mountain”.

      Come on back up again, maybe we can chat sometime about music in the church. I would love for you to share your insights.