Vocation and Discernment

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Good News! God is still very active in this world! Through the Holy Spirit, people of faith are called to be followers of Jesus Christ in their various vocations in life, whether they be plumbers or painters, teachers or preachers. All are called to respond to God’s grace, love, and mercy by serving their neighbor’s needs.

How does a person know what calling God has in mind for him or her? It takes discernment. Above all the voices and influences we listen intently for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Is God calling me to some form of public ministry in the church such as minister, missionary, church musician, pastoral counselor, or youth worker, or does God want me to serve in some other way? We first turn to scripture that provides us with guidance in this discerning process. Reading the following passages…

  • Exodus 3:1-4:17,
  • Jeremiah 1:4-10,
  • Luke 1:5-56,
  • Isaiah 43:-13,
  • Romans 10:14-15,
  • I Corinthians 12:12-31

…along with prayer and contemplation will start you on your way. Talking to pastors and other Christian contacts who know you well can give insight into your own unique gifts.

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If you are a young adult between the ages of 18 and 30, and are considering God’s call, we are here to help. There are programs, retreats, grants, mentors, and more available to you through Project Connect. Call or meet with someone from our admissions team. We will be glad to listen, provide information, and to pray with and for you as you seek to hear and respond to God’s call.

(Project Connect is a grant program of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries.)

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