My experience at Northern Seminary is that our students are discerning God’s will and God’s call — and it is a joy and privilege to teach one student after another who not only is discerning but doing so in the midst of ministry and not in the hope or plan of ministry. Student after student is telling me ministerial stories… of a student who uses his golf career in ministry, of a student who is in seminary the result of a healing physically, of a student who is serving a church in a denomination in which she did not grow up and is struggling to comprehend, of a student who is wondering what leadership means in a postmodern age, of a student who is involved in a music ministry …all seeking to discern what God is leading them into… so I like this from Northern’s site:
Discerning God’s call begins with you seeking guidance through prayer and conversation with those who know you, your heart and gifting. Scripture says that it is not good for us to be alone – it is good to seek wise counsel from friends, family and spiritual leaders. While it is not unusual for one or two people in our lives to question why we are seeking to serve God in ministry, we know that God’s call is always confirmed by the fruit of our lives and the confirmation of others in our Christian community. Please know that we are praying for you. We are asking God for discernment to be accompanied by your open hands, open heart and open mind: a willingness to listen for and submit to God’s calling and plan for your ministry.