The word “called” gets tossed around in Baptist circles, but it doesn’t hold the clout Baptists would like to intend.

Paul told Timothy that “This¬†is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.”

Dr. Rice used to say that the desire comes from God so if the desire is there and the qualification is there you are probably being called. And even if that is not the case the desire is a good one and God blesses when we do good.

So, are you “called?”

Do you have a license from a church?

Has an ordination council endorsed you?

Maybe a deacon board offered their voice of credibility.

Possibly Pastor “called?”

None of the above are necessary or a requirement
  • And he gave some
    • desire the office of a bishop?
    • you desire a good work
      • 1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
      • good is from above
        • James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

It isn’t possible that every Pastor behind a pulpit this Sunday is “called” as the IFB teaches. Many are just good speakers, orators, and possess the ability to excite a crowd.¬† However, many are serving in the ministries of the church because of Godly desire that the Lord blesses.

How do you know that your Pastor is “called?” You don’t! We’re all on the honor system and accountable to God.

So, are you “called?” Who has endorsed you or placed their hand of credibility upon you so you can participate in the Pastorate? Hopefully, it isn’t a deacon board, ordination council, or a piece of licensure from the church. Prayerfully, your desire is manifested in your good works and consistent Christian living wrapped in a growing and passionate love for God’s Word. The proof of your desire for the Pastorate will be visible to the church. The church will have a responsibility to pray over you and send you forth as the Holy Spirit has already placed the desire within you.

Our churches must become more inclusionary instead of exclusionary. 1 John 1:9 and Galatians 6:1