For in the same way that one body has so many different parts, each with different functions; 5 we, too—the many—are different parts that form one body in the Anointed One. Each one of us is joined with one another, and we become together what we could not be alone. 6 Since our gifts vary depending on the grace poured out on each of us, it is important that we exercise the gifts we have been given. If prophecy is your gift, then speak as a prophet according to your proportion of faith. 7 If service is your gift, then serve well. If teaching is your gift, then teach well. 8 If you have been given a voice of encouragement, then use it often. If giving is your gift, then be generous. If leading, then be eager to get started. If sharing God’s mercy, then be cheerful in sharing it. The Voice, Romans 12:4-8
I love the way that this passage in Romans reminds us of the importance that our unique contributions make to the overall Body of Christ. When we shrink back from growing in faith, in following God’s calling in our lives, and allowing God to develop our gifts for ministry, the Body of Christ is weaker than it would be otherwise!
Each of us has gifts meant to be used by God in service for others. Some have specific gifts for leadership in ministry, and God may be calling you to licensed or ordained ministry.
Your pastor, campus minister, or district superintendent would love to help you explore this possibility—take a chance and reach out to one of them. Or you can reach out to Rev. Shea James, Director of Young Disciples and Outdoor Ministries (email@example.com), or me—we would LOVE to talk with you.
If you are already serving as a clergy leader—who are YOU helping to discover their gifts and calling for ministry?
Rev. Bonnie MacDonald
Director of Leadership Formation & Ministry Staff