How do I become a Pastor and start a ministry?
I'm a high school senor I want to become a pastor. I'm reading lots of books on faith and on the Bible and I'm studying under my youth pastor. I'm reading Bible commentaries. Is there any other books I can read? What classes will I need and what else should I do? #youth-ministry #biblical-history #pastor #reading-bible #theology
That is a very good question. First, look for programs that are designed for that particular field. I know Liberty University has fabulous programs that can help you reach your designated goal. Just go to http://www.liberty.edu/academics/ and check them out. They have two fields -- Religion and Seminary. I believe Seminary will be the path to go, but they have advisers online available for your questions.
Most organized church bodies have an organization called the "commission on ministry" or something like that. Their job is to find people who have callings like yours and help you prepare for the work of ministry.
Make an appointment with the pastor who leads your congregation. You'll need 30 - 60 minutes. Express that you feel a call to pastoral ministry, and that you'd like help with the next steps. Don't try to have this conversation in the church lobby after worship; it takes more focus than that.
If you're in a large congregation, the lead pastor may ask you to work with some other pastor; that's fine. Many churches offer all kinds of opportunities to learn and serve.
Rest assured your pastor will take your interest in ministry seriously. It's hugely delightful for a church leadership team when somebody expresses this kind of interest.
Blessings on your way.