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Vocation and Discernment

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“What you do follows from who you are.  And who you are is the beloved of God.  You need to listen to the inner voice of love.  There is guidance in that voice.  Like all of us, you get stuck when you listen to other voices, especially the self-doubting ones.  If you trust in your deep identity as the beloved of God, then your decision will become clear.  You’ll be more detached from what others say you should want.  What you become won’t be what you expect…” – excerpt from Discernment by Henri Nouwen 


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.


We are here to help!  Don’t hesitate to call or email someone from the Admissions Team if you have further questions:

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The Rev. Nate Preisinger
Director of Admissions, LTSP

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The Rev. Lauren Muratore
Director of Admissions, LTSG


The Rev. Rachel Langford
Associate Director of Admissions, LTSG

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