The Church

Upon this rock I build my church… One day in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, he asked his disciples, whom do men say that I am?

After several of his disciples had answered, Peter stood up and said, thou art the Christ, son of the living God.

And upon this confession of faith Jesus replied, "Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

Through preaching (kerygma) and teaching(didache) the Lord Jesus Christ builds His church.

The believer who is called to preach while serving in the church is in the best place to be mentored in the work.

The advantage is that it gives you a faith Community, a place where people already know and respect your work in the community, and a pastor who has no doubt observed your faith in action and is excited that the Lord has called you into the ministry.

Time permitting he is willing and able to provide instruction and direction in the preaching work to be done.

Most pastors are well acquainted with community churches and various helping organizations. They will help young associates preaches to find opportunities

to participate in serving in other churches and organizations. Some may consider creating preaching opportunities in your home church. Whatever your pastor provides be diligent to learn and do all that is put to you.

However, this is not always the situation of believers called into the ministry. You may be in a new city, or a part of the country where no one knows you.

I have been acquainted with many families whose job has caused them to move from one part of the country to another.

Finding a church to serve from can be slow and difficult. When looking for a church to join try attending their prayer meeting.

The strength of the prayer meeting often times will indicate their relationship with the Lord, the personality and character of the teachings in the church, and whether their focus is on the will of God or the stuff of men.

Mentoring the one called to preach will be the foundation for understanding how ministry in the church is done.

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