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224 pages
Jan 2007
Regal Books

Devotional Ventures

by Corey Cleek, editor

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Whatís Your Definition of Full-Time Ministry?

Corey Cleek

General Management, PassAlong Networks

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:4-5

During the summer after I completed my MBA, as I was devoting the majority of my time to starting a Christian ministry organization with a group of graduate school friends, I took a step back to consider whether God was calling me into full-time ministry or calling me into the marketplace (interesting time to consider this, wasnít it?).

At the time, my limited definition of full-time ministry included being on staff at a church or working full time for a nonprofit Christian organization, and I was wrestling with the eternal value of spending the majority of my time working in the marketplace.

After some serious reflection, lots of prayer and guidance from mentors, I realized that I was indeed being called to be in full-time ministry . . . in the marketplace!

This realization that I could be in full-time ministry in the marketplace altered my entire mind-set about business, ministry and my calling. For the first time, I had peace about spending the majority of my time in the business world, and I realized that reflecting God in my life can be expressed in various for-profit and nonprofit settings over time. Iíve also learned that full-time ministry has more to do with serving God and others in the environment in which Iíve been placed than it does with my involvement in a particular vocation, organization or business.

How do you view your life as a business professional? Is it a job? A calling? A passion? A ministry?

During this time of reflection, I realized that for me, it is all of the above.

Point to Ponder

It is possible for business professionals to also be full-time ministers.

Questions to Consider

1. Do you consider yourself to be in full-time ministry? How is your workplace a place of ministry for you right now?

2. How does Romans 12:4-8 validate or alter your perspective of why you are expressing your gifts in the way you are today?

3. If you have never considered yourself in full-time ministry, what could you do to change your perspective?