A Calling To Youth Ministry

Where Is God Calling Me?

I have a calling to youth ministry. But 30 years ago – I had no idea!

Alexander Andrews Jygnb9gtcls Unsplash

I remember sitting in a marquee at a Christian music festival as a teenager, listening to a speaker talking about ‘Hearing God’s Call’.  This was something I was wrestling with, so I figured that this talk was going to give me the answer. I wanted to know what God wanted me to do with my life and I didn’t want to make the ‘wrong choice’.

Unsurprisingly, I left the tent with great teaching ringing in my ears. But I was still no clearer about how to know exactly what God was calling me to.  I was sure God’s calling was going to be as clear and as specific as many of the Old Testament leaders.  He told Jonah clearly to go to a specific city, and preach a specific message of repentance. God told Noah to build an ark and gave him specific dimensions to work to. He told Moses to lead His people to the promised land.

Reign 0265

More than 30 years later, I think I have finally figured out what God is calling me to. He wants me to be a loving son, a good neighbour, and a worshipper. He wants me to be kind and humble, a generous and righteous man, a forgiven saint, and follower of Jesus.  I have realised that God is more interested in who I am becoming than what I do for a career.

However, I suspect that sometimes there can also be a specific calling to our lives too…  But is this specific calling as specific as we think!? Frustrating, right?

Not only has God done work in clarifying who I am, He has also helped me know how I serve. I believe I am called to youth ministry in some form or another; to help equip others to become the person God has shaped them to be. This has undergirded my whole life and career choices and has led me to move across the world and live in 3 different countries. My calling led me to uproot my family and to be separated from extended family. It led me to place priority of this career over preferred salary or comfort.

Discovering God’s Calling

So how did I figure out this was God’s calling on my life, and not just a random choice?  I have discovered that God thinks in a different and non-linear way, which seldom makes logical sense to us.

Let me share some of my story – There was a need for a Christian youth work presence in my area – and I felt stirred to respond. This led me to study Christian youth work. After graduating, the ministry organisation sent me back home to help establish a project. From this an underage nightclub was birthed, run entirely by volunteers under 25 with no funding.  My role became to lead the team, develop strategy, empower people and lead the prayer room each Saturday.

What has emerged in life since is much the same.  God’s calling is displayed when I am using my gifts, skills, and experiences.  He made me with a unique personality and skillset, and has called me to use these.  I am still doing similar things in teams today as I did with that nightclub 30 years ago. 

Reign 0027

Take a moment to pause and ask yourself: do you like encouraging others, discipling and revealing God to people? Do you enjoy watching young people flourish and helping them to reflect and learn when they fail? Are you passionate about opening the Bible and its meaning to fellow pilgrims? And are you willing to be an example in every aspect of life to those younger than you?  These are some of the characteristics of a good youth minister, and God may be calling you if your personality and skills sound similar. Who you are (by God’s design) helps determine your calling.

A Fork In The Road

Burst Aon3hwlbhdi Unsplash

Someone much wiser than me said that maybe God is giving us choices, perhaps like a fork in the road. And in His amazing way, He will use the choices I make to fit within His call. I was worried that making the ‘wrong’ choice would preclude me from God’s will. Yet this friend showed me that maybe God was extending me the free will to choose, because God would use my gifts regardless.

If you are hoping for the booming voice in the sky, or an email from God@heaven.org, I sense that you might be disappointed. God wants to start by refining who you are and using that to impact other people for His kingdom. He will present choices and opportunities, and an assurance that He will use you whatever you decide. He has already created you with a unique set of passions, dreams, skills and personality – choices that line up with these are always a good place to start.  And best of all, He has given us a guide, a counsellor, His very presence in the Holy Spirit.

Furthermore, we are not alone on a journey hoping to reach the right destination; we are travelling with a community of believers. And as believers following after God, we can be confident that he has called us to a specific purpose with a wider life calling.

How Does Reign Fit With My Calling?

Reign Ministries offers a theology degree, but also so much more.  Our heart is to train you to be a disciple and lifelong learner of Jesus. We will help shape you and your life for this ministry, which we believe is even more important than any skills or youth ministry tricks we’ll impart. If you graduate with a degree from us but God is not more active and alive in you every day, we will have failed you.

Reign 0275 1

Is God calling you to youth ministry? Maybe. Is He calling you to serve other people, to put Him first in everything, to love Him more every day, and to be a light to the world? Yes.

You and I haven’t met, but I am confident that this degree programme is one of the choices He has brought before you right now. Whether you choose to apply or not, He will use you in your journey.

Maybe you feel the nudge of God calling you into youth ministry? We would love to help you discover more about your calling. Why not request a prospectus below? Or, contact Sarah, our recruitment enabler!

Charlie Morris

Charlie helps much of the behind the scenes work happen smoothly. He heads up our Operations, Recruitment and Donor Support Teams. He first started as a volunteer youth leader back in 1988, and has worked in churches and Christian youth organisations in Australia, England and Scotland.

Categories: Youth Ministry Degree Course

If you liked this...you may also like...

Img 20240328 144243 411

Jamie’s Story

Updated: 28 Mar 2024 | Posted by: student

Hi everyone! I am Jamie Gurling and I started studying at Reign this year. I am 19 and from Glasgow in Scotland. I left high school in 2022 and I thought the next step was obvious, to go straight into further education, just the same as everyone else. So, I followed the norm, moved city […]

Read more
Img 0694

New Changes. Same Passion.

Updated: 18 May 2023 | Posted by: Hannah Owen

As a ministry we have been reviewing how we deliver the degree progamme in a way that fits both our vision and DNA, whilst still providing quality training for the next generation of disciple-making leaders. From September 2023 we implemented some changes and we are excited to see how God is going to lead us […]

Read more

Who Do I Disciple?

Updated: 26 Apr 2023 | Posted by: dstevens

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.  He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him and that he might send them out…”  (Mark 3.13-14) Where do I start? I had just started my first real ministry role in […]

Read more

A Shout Out To The Small Youth Groups

Updated: 29 Mar 2023 | Posted by: Charlie Morris

Is Bigger Better? The bigger your youth group, the better, right? We get a special energy from the buzz of a crowd. We believe that when we’re connected to more people we’re able to have more impact. But is this really the case in youth ministry? Most of us have the feeling that this approach […]

Read more

A Brief Intro to Discipleship

Updated: 22 Feb 2023 | Posted by: kmckinnon

If you were to attend one of our Expand Training Experiences you will hear our team talk about discipleship. That’s because it is the foundational to who Reign Ministries is. During our Expand: Online training you will learn the tools to help you be effective in your discipleship of young people. Watch the video below […]

Read more
Alexander Andrews Jygnb9gtcls Unsplash

A Calling To Youth Ministry

Updated: 8 Feb 2023 | Posted by: Charlie Morris

Where Is God Calling Me? I have a calling to youth ministry. But 30 years ago – I had no idea! I remember sitting in a marquee at a Christian music festival as a teenager, listening to a speaker talking about ‘Hearing God’s Call’.  This was something I was wrestling with, so I figured that […]

Read more

Back, Up, Forward

Updated: 4 Apr 2024 | Posted by: Hannah Owen

Matt, our Training Co-ordinator, shares a useful tool to use when doing discipleship in small groups of young people. What do you think? Is this something you already do, or would like to try? For more helpful tools or to learn more about our Expand Training Experiences, click the link below!

Read more
Img 2944

Prepare for your future with Reign Ministries

Updated: 24 Jan 2024 | Posted by: Hannah Owen

With each new year comes thoughts about the future. What can I do to get healthy? How can I improve my relationships or achieve a better work/life balance? Are there any new skills I want to learn? At Reign Ministries, we believe that our degree will prepare you for the future, whatever God calls you […]

Read more

Contact Us