Very Rev Dr Martin Fair: Is God calling you?
Published on 25 January 2024 2 minutes read
Any list of most successful female singers of all time will include the name of the late Whitney Houston. Amongst her best-known songs is How will I know? which was released in 1985 and went on to be a number one song. The lyrics revolve around the question How will I know if he really loves me? Perhaps Whitney should have referred to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song which also asks How can I tell if he loves me so? and answers by saying that you'll know by his kiss!
Most of those who consider a call to ministry find themselves asking, at one point or another, How will I know if it's really God calling me? Indeed, Church of Scotland minister, Lynn McChlery, wrote a PhD dealing with that very question, which she titled How do you know it's God?
The Towards Ministry Team is here to help those who have that question in mind and equally so, to walk alongside those who have arrived at the point of greater certainty. If you, or just as importantly, someone you know is at that place in the journey of faith then the team would love to hear from you.
We have several of our Celebrating Calling events scheduled for this year and they serve as the starting line in the process of enquiring and exploring. These will include in-person events in both the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas – following the Hamilton and Aberdeen events held last year – but the first one is taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 February and will be online. This may well suit those who are based in remoter areas or who live outwith Scotland but regardless, if you want to come you'll be welcome.
Anyone can attend one of these events which are informal and relaxed and come with a no strings attached guarantee. In other words, you can come and then walk away if you sense that it's not for you. And you can come if the sense of call is strong or not much more than a barely discernible, faint inkling. You can come if this, for you, is brand new or if you've been sensing something for years but haven't as yet done anything about it.
The sessions, whether in-person or online, include personal accounts from people who are now in one of the various ministries of the Church (whether as Readers, Deacons, Ordained Local Ministers, or Ministers of Word and Sacrament). Those who attend come looking for ‘big picture' clarification and seeking information on all kinds of practical matters. No question is too ‘daft' to be addressed. And it's worth mentioning that some attend and discover that they're already in ministry in the broadest sense and opt to continue doing what they're doing in their congregation.
Is this for you? Send an email to email@example.com and we'll send you a link for the online event on February 21st - or ask to be updated when the next onsite events go live.
How will you know if He is calling you? Maybe it's time to find out.