If you’ve been called to ministry, feelings of purpose and a drive to lead others to relationships with Christ can be powerful inspiring forces. They can also be overwhelming as you search for the right path for your future career. Where can you make the greatest impact? If you’re searching for direction, Faulkner University offers a few suggestions for choosing a ministry path that’s right for you.
Pursue a Well-Rounded Education
There is no doubt that a strong foundation in Biblical principles and theology is critical for any spiritual leader. Supporting a church requires a deep understanding of the Bible as the living word of God and its guidance for living in faith. At the same time, a comprehensive education will allow you to develop these capabilities while also exploring other areas of interest.
Exploring disciplines such as psychology, sociology, history, the arts, and more can help you identify top areas of interest for your future career in ministry. Just as importantly, these subjects will broaden your horizons, preparing you to serve the needs of a congregation and develop solutions from a more enlightened perspective.
Question What Calls You to Service
Knowing yourself is a key step in choosing a ministry. First, examine your theological development. What do you believe about a life of faithful service? Where can your convictions and knowledge be strengthened? Understanding your current strengths and areas for growth can identify the ministerial path you’re best suited to pursue.
Next, consider the areas of ministry you find most compelling. Do you see yourself helping children and teens grow in faith? Are you drawn to church leadership? Or do you wish to support families with a Christian perspective as they face challenges in marriage, raising children, and more? Your coursework can help identify these areas, but your natural inclinations are also a powerful indicator. If you feel strongly that an area of ministry is underserved or especially important, this is a good place to start.
Be Active in Service
Service is at the core of Christian teachings, and we are all called to the example of loving service set by Jesus Christ. As such, engaging in service opportunities is an excellent way to identify the best path for your ministry.
Look for opportunities to contribute to the community and your current church with service projects and volunteerism. Not only will you enrich your experience by giving of yourself, but there’s a good chance you’ll uncover a productive path for future ministry.
Find a Mentor
Students at Faulkner University have the opportunity to work with the caring, dedicated faculty of the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies. These instructors have extensive subject-area and field experience, allowing them to provide the academic, professional, and spiritual guidance ministry students require as they forge unique paths.
Take advantage of this expertise by having candid discussions with your academic advisor and other professors. Ask about their perception of your work and your strengths, and don’t hesitate to inquire about how they approach decisions for choosing a ministry path. This invaluable insight makes it easier to explore possibilities and find direction.
Learn More About Careers in Ministry
Choosing a ministry path is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Let Faulkner University provide the education, guidance, and support you need to follow your calling. Our College of Biblical Studies offers several ministry degree programs, including:
- Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Ministry Track
- Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Youth and Family Ministry Track
- Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
We’re also proud to offer Second Majors in Vocational Christian Ministry for those who are called to ministry in their occupational field. Find your path today by requesting additional information about our ministry programs and applying online.