Career or Church Ministry?

Philippines
July 17, 2009 12:29am CST
I'm an active Church member. In fact, I am one of the leaders. I want to move in another place because there's a better opportunity for me there. But I am aware of the fact that the Church needs me. I am happy of doing those church activities but I also want to pursue on my career and make the most of it. What will I do?
6 responses
@dazedaze (109)
12 Aug 09
Toughie, I'd love working at a church.. choose whatever makes you happy... is that other opportunity something where you will be using your talents? Hey, what do you recommend I do so I can get a job at a church?
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Like you, I love working at the church too. I am a teacher, preacher and the secretary of our church. THanks! I now have chosen what makes me happy! And that is to continue serving God here in our place.
@tholitz (1127)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
Hi babyfiona08! This is the most annoying question that besiege a church worker. Though we do hope to succeed or find happiness on both ends but unfortunately we could say that only few succeeded with this, and those are either have their own business and/or professional and self employed. You should really search within your inner self. As you have mentioned, your church needed you. You should assess what would make you happy and fulfilled in your life. I know that you will pray for this, but sometimes God take so long to answer. So make sure that you discern what God really wanted for you. After all God knows what will be the best for all of us. Hope that you will make the right choice that you will never regret in the end. GOD BLESS!
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
DISCERN - that's the word. Anyways, thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding this one. It helped me in one way or another. And you're right in saying God knows the best for us. I believe that God is always at work on our lives. And He wants the best for His children. Sometimes, situations in life may not seem to be a blessing at first sight but sooner or later we will be understanding it has a purpose behind and it will always be for our betterment. God bless you more!
@tomjoad (551)
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
this is a hard choice to make. one that requires prayer before you decide. if you are sure by your hearts conviction that God has given you the opportunity to go to another place because it pleases Him, then why not go? there are many passages in the bible where God asks his people to leave their comfort zones and preach to the world. Jonah was one good example. he was called by God to preach to the people of nineveh. however, he disobeyed Him, and we all know what happened to jonah. he became fish food! on the other hand, if you know that your place is to stay in the church to help, then you really have to search your heart and see what is more important. God or the opportunity? ministry is not only confined in church. there are so many ministries that one can do in order to please God. your work can be your ministry. i've known so many people who have been a blessing to their workmates or subordinates. if you are a Christian, then you can be a blessing wherever you may go by sharing Christ. that is our ministry. furthermore, there is a reason why we train and disciple others. and that reason is to pass down the baton so that even if you are gone, there are still others who can continue the work that God has began. so if you are planning to leave, and that is God's plan for you, i suggest that you train disciples who will replace your role when you are gone. that is if you haven't done that already. God bless on your decision! :-)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Hi there. This is really a tough situation. You're certainly right that it requires prayer, prayer and prayer. I didn't pursue my plan going into another place. I'm still at service to God. I got a work now. Thank God! Thanks for your suggestion! That's what I'm doing now. I am into training workers who will take in charge in case I'll be moving into another place. God bless you too tomjoad!
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
Are there no church ministries nearby where your new work will be? You can always continue your ministry elsewhere and this should not hamper you doing ministerial work with just one group. It is always better to widen your scope of sharing ministries for many people to benefit. I'm sure those peers you have in your current church will be saddened by these, but the good thing will be is that you will be able to serve more other than them. That's one way of spreading the gospel of the Lord.:-)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Yeah, you got a point there. The place we are into is not a hindrance or a factor to stop us serving God. Indeed is a great opportunity to sprad God's word just like what you've mention. And by doing that, many people will know the truth and will know God even more. Just wanna say that I'm still at service to God.
• Nigeria
24 Aug 09
Yes God reward people that sacrifice for Him. Jesus even said that no one having done something for the kingdom sake who will not be rewarded here on earth and in the world after. You can choose to stay if ONLY it is your CALLINGS to work in the church. GOD'S CALLING IS VERY IMPORTANT. It is not a sin to upgrade ones life or seek better opportunities. Wherever you are and whatever you do let Jesus still remain in you. Ofcourse, still map out time for God's service. I will encourage you not to drop His service totally. Just hope your wish is not canal but still express it to God. Thanks
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
24 Aug 09
I believe that God wants to use you mightily in His Kingdom and He also wants to bless you in your career. But just because there is better opportunity in that other place, it means that the Lord wants you to go there and not because you are an important part of your church, you can't pursue a better career. Take time to be in the presence of God and seek His will for your life. Be ready to surrender what He would want you to surrender, be it your career opportunity or ministry.