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how can I prepare to become a pastor and learn how to lift up my community?

my name is Elijah my i like all of my classes equally exept a reaaly enjoy gym. I really love Jesus and i am called to full time mynustry i dont know what specific job God is calling me but i have always wanted to be a pastor my hole life

Thank you comment icon Happy to see you have the best goal of all! Just keep listening to Jesus and you will find your path. Blessings! Karen Kitchel

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JANLE’s Answer

How old are you? There are many opportunities to grow into the role of a Pastor, which is a very noble profession. Let me know your age and I’ll get back to you with some options. Keep loving Jesus, that’s really awesome!
Thank you comment icon I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. elijah
Thank you comment icon sorry for not saying that in my original letter I'm a sophomore in high school doing this for my college career readiness class elijah
Thank you comment icon also sorry for all the grammatical error's elijah
Thank you comment icon Thanks Elijah for getting back with me. A sophomore in high school is a great age to start learning and doing. I always like to connect people to solid resources, organizations and people. One place that you should check out is www.infaith.org. The organization is geared around your age and mentors you in ministry. Also, getting some practice in helps as well. There is another organization called Groundwire, their web address is: groundwire.net. They’ll give you an opportunity to serve through chat. So, check out these two resources and get back to me if you have any follow up questions. Have a wonderful day Elijah. JANLE JOHNSON
Thank you comment icon I will make sure to check it out ASAP thanks so much for your help. elijah
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Femi’s Answer

Hello Elijah,

It's fantastic that you've chosen the most honorable profession there is. As a pastor, I'm here to help guide you through the necessary steps.

First and foremost, you should turn to God through prayer, fasting, and studying the world. This is crucial because you need to clearly answer these key questions:

1. Where is God leading you?
2. What is your message?
3. Who is your message for?
4. When should your message be delivered?
5. What tools do you need to deliver your message?

Feel free to reach out if you're looking for mentorship.
Thank you comment icon #1: God wants me to teach other about his unconditional love and how to love others even if it is difficult #2: I want people to understand Gods infinite love and forgiveness and how he wants us to love others as well as ourselves #3 My message is for all people and groups I want different people/ cultures to come into an understanding with and of one another #4:right now I want to deliver this message through daily interactions with my friends but later I don't were or how to do this but I think it should be some type of public speaking #5: I need better writing, speaking skills, and conflict resolutions skills. elijah
Thank you comment icon Good, then start from where you are, with what you have. Every great vision starts small. Keep studying the Word of God and other anointed books that will help you grow Femi Omojarabi
Thank you comment icon thanks so much that actually helped out a lot and gave me some direction thanks for your time and have a nice day. elijah
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Katherine’s Answer

Hi Elijah,

You'll need to know the scriptures very well. If you can make sure you read and mark scripture every day you'll be so much more ahead on learning where the Lord is taking you, plus have more of God's words at the ready for speaking to others when you meet them and they could use some of those words.

Good for you following what you feel! The world definitely needs more people who know the scriptures very well, and also people who have made the commitment to learning to do whatever they are inspired by the Lord to do based on what they feel as they spend time in the scriptures.
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James Constantine’s Answer

Dear Elijah,

Steps to Becoming a Pastor and Empowering Your Community

To equip yourself for pastoral duties and to uplift your community, you can follow these actionable steps:

Education: It's crucial to gain a formal education in theology or religious studies to become a pastor. Think about joining a seminary or a university with religious studies programs. This will equip you with a robust understanding of the Bible, theology, pastoral care, and church history.

Pastoral Training: A number of seminaries and religious institutions have pastoral training programs. These focus on honing practical ministry skills like preaching, counseling, and leadership. Engaging in these programs can sharpen your pastoral abilities and ready you for leading a congregation.

Acquire Experience: Actively look for chances to gain real-world ministry experience. You can volunteer at your local church, join mission trips, or take up leadership roles in your community. This hands-on experience will help you refine the interpersonal skills crucial for effective ministry.

Establish a Support Network: Build a circle of mentors, fellow believers, and other pastors who can offer guidance, support, and encouragement as you follow your calling. A robust support network can help you overcome ministry challenges and keep your faith strong.

Nurture Your Spiritual Life: Foster a deep, personal connection with God through prayer, meditation, and Bible study. Nurturing your spiritual life will not only sustain you in your ministry but also empower you to minister effectively to others.

Remain Committed: Embracing the role of a pastor and empowering your community is a lifelong dedication that demands commitment, persistence, and humility. Stay true to your calling, strive for ongoing growth and learning, and trust in God's guidance as you embark on this journey.

Top 3 Credible Sources Used:

The Gospel Coalition: This network of evangelical churches is committed to offering resources and training for pastors and church leaders. Their articles and resources on pastoral ministry can provide valuable insights for your preparation.

Desiring God: Founded by John Piper, Desiring God is a Christian website offering articles, sermons, and resources on Christian living and ministry. Their content on pastoral care and leadership can be useful for aspiring pastors.

Association of Theological Schools (ATS): ATS is an accrediting body supervising graduate theology schools in North America. Their website provides information on accredited seminaries and theological education programs that can assist individuals in pursuing formal education for pastoral ministry.

GOD BLESS!
James Constantine Frangos.
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