--- Matthew 28:19-20
In a general sense, we are all sent by God to be involved in ministry as part of the Great Commission. The word "ministry" comes from the Greek word diakoneo, which means to serve". A pastor friend said I was already involved in ministry because I work with intellectually disabled adults. This includes people with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Depending on the client, I may help them with their job, feed those who can't feed themselves, and do any other task that might be needed. So, in a way, I am serving, or "ministering" to others. Jesus even said
"he who is greatest among you shall be your servant."
However, only certain people are called to vocational ministry.
how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
---Romans 10:15 (I stole that scripture from a tattoo I saw.)
I have preached on a number of occasions, but have not gotten a position with a church. I recently withdrew an application for a youth pastor position. I simply did not feel called or sent to serve in that capacity. But I love that church and will be joining soon. I must serve where I am sent and it appears I am sent to pulpit ministry. What does this mean? It means I will probably be preaching two to three sermons a week, visiting the sick and bereaved, and counseling those in crisis. And you know something? There is nothing I'd rather do.