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Call and Discernment - Vocations
We believe the Holy Spirit is alive and active in our world, freeing us from sin and death and enabling us to respond to God’s grace, love and mercy by serving our neighbors near and far. Which means we believe everyone has a call: teachers, plumbers, doctors, students, and preachers alike. With the help of the Christian community, each of us must discern how the Holy Spirit is calling us.
Discerning whether or not you have a call to public ministry (minister, youth worker, pastoral counselor, church musician, missionary, etc.) can be challenging. Some of our students come to us having heard God’s call in very distinct ways through dreams or visions. Others have a sense of the Holy Spirit’s nudging through trusted friends, mentors, and pastors. Still others are seeking to discover the shape of what they know is a call to ministry. Most of us wonder:
- How do I know if I am responding to God’s call or my own ideas?
- Why did God choose me?
- Will I able to meet the challenges of ministry?
- How will I overcome the obstacles that seem to stand in the way of responding to God’s call to public ministry?
If you are asking these or similar questions, we can help. Check out the resourceson our Web site or, better yet, call and schedule a time to meet or speak with someone from our admissions team. We are glad to listen, to provide information and to pray with and for you as you seek to hear and respond to God’s call.
If you are a young adult, between the ages of 18 and 30, considering God’s call, there are additional programs, retreats, grants, mentors and more available to you through Project Connect. (Project Connect is a grant program of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries.)