The Call to Ministry

  “’There is no call to ministry that is not first a call to Christ. You dare not lift your hands to place God’s name in blessing on his people until you have first clasped them in penitent petition for his saving grace. Until you have done that the issue you face is not really your call to the ministry. It is your call to Christ.’ Your question of calling is not merely subsequent to the call to Christ. It is essentially tied to it…Does your sense of call orbit around your abilities, vision, or performance? The gospel call says more about the glory and grace of God than it does about us. When God calls a man to ministry, the man will do well to remember that both his salvation and his service come from God…[Our call] says little about us, but much about the Caller.”
Dave Harvey
Am I Called? Discerning the Summons to Ministry
pp. 6-7