Monday, 30 May 2016 00:00

Called to Ministry

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This coming Sunday I will be ordained as a minister of the gospel in the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. I am grateful for the affirmation of many here at Emmanuel and for the process of discernment which culminated in my appearing before the ordination council on May 6 of this year. When I reflect back on my life and the choice to pursue pastoral ministry, a lot of credit goes to my involvement in campus Ministry at Simon Fraser University. The opportunity to be discipled by guys like Brad, Jack and Ken helped me to enjoy serving others, exploring Scripture and sharing my faith. By the time I finished my business degree, I knew that it was only a matter of time before I pursued theological training. For me the two factors which most influenced me to pursue a ministry were the joy of learning and teaching and the affirmation of others who saw gifts in me and encouraged me to develop them. Calling to ministry is both a private and public process. There needs to be a desire from within planted by the Holy Spirit, but this desire needs to be confirmed by the discernment of others. I don't think I'll ever have a sense of worthiness of this ministry. I see my own imperfections to well. At the same time I am encouraged by many who appreciate my leadership and my insight. With this in mind I am looking forward to the ordination service. I am sure I will feel the weight of responsibility, but I will also feel the support of both God and everyone here at Emmanuel.
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