How to be a servant of God has to do with the steps on how to hold a leadership position, to represent God, and to accomplish a certain divine work.To be a servant of God is rewarding but challenging journey that will test your relationship with your religion and with God. As a servant of God, you’ll lead your church’s congregation, help members with personal and family problems, and perform religious ceremonies, like baptism. To become a pastor, you’ll need to meet the minimum requirements which may include training or even a formal education. After you study and understand the aspects and teachings of your denomination, you must become ordained by your church in order to practice as a servant of God. Once you’re ordained, it’s just a matter of applying to a church with a servant vacancy and getting the job.
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Meeting the Requirements
Become a good standing member in your church. Attend church regularly and help the church with their community initiatives. Be an active volunteer and get to know the leaders and members of the church.
Becoming friendly with church leaders and staff could improve your chances to become a servant of God later on.
In addition to getting to know church members, regularly practicing the religion and learning the doctrine can help prepare you to become a servant of God
Talk to your pastor to see the restrictions for your religion. Certain denominations have restrictions on who can become a servant of God. For instance, in certain types of Christianity, only non-divorced straight men can become servants of God. Other religions may have looser or more strict restrictions. The pastor of your church will be able to tell you what these restrictions are for your religion.
Non-denominational churches typically have looser requirements to become a pastor.
“The specifics will depend upon the credentialing protocols of the Christian organization to which you belong.”
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Get a degree in theology to improve your chances of becoming a servant of God. Many pastors have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in theology or related field. Find a university or college that offers an accredited theological program and apply to the program.
While a higher degree in theology isn’t required to become a servant of God, it will greatly improve your chances of becoming one.
Get additional training or education in counseling. Sign up to a counseling class or training with a local university or college. Getting trained in counseling will give you the tools that you need to help people with their life problems and will mentally prepare you for some of the scenarios you may find yourself in as a servant of God]
These problems could include things like abuse, addiction, marital problems, and other important life issues.
Have a close connection with your religion. To be a servant of God , you’ll need to be completely devoted to your religion. Without an internal desire to spread the religion and help others, you’ll fail as a servant of God. The path to becoming a pastor can often be long and arduous, so keep this in mind before you start your journey.
Consider other job opportunities and make sure that being a servant of God is the only thing you want to do.
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Study your church’s doctrinal statement. A church’s doctrinal statement will explain the basis of the denomination’s teachings and will flesh out how servants of God should teach and how people should practice the religion.
Knowing your church’s doctrinal statement will give you a better understanding of the relationship between your church, The Bible, and God.
Memorize scripture to backup your statements and beliefs. Before you start preaching and spreading the word of God, you’ll need to be able to backup your sermons and teachings with specific pieces of scripture in the Bible. Read the bible and memorize key passages that relate to what you want to teach.
Speak to your church’s servants of God about your interest. Your church’s servants of God will be able to answer any questions you have about becoming a servant of God. Speak to your pastor after or before mass, and let them know that you want to start training to be a servant of God . Talk about your passion for your religion and your desire to help people.
You can say something like, “I’ve always had a close connection with God and want to help people. I want to become a pastor. Do you think you could help me with this process?”
Attend your ordination council. Once you’re done studying and meeting the requirements to be a servant of God, the pastor of your church will invite you to an ordination council. During the council, other pastors and high ranking members of the church will ask you several questions regarding the denomination’s doctrine and about your religion.
This test can last several hours and is the last step in becoming an ordained pastor.
If you studied enough, you should be able to answer most questions during the ordination council.
Wait for your verdict from the ordination council. Typically the ordination council will make you wait in another room while they make their decision. If you answered the questions to their satisfaction, they will finish ordaining you as a servant of God]
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Getting a Job as a servant of God
Write a resume. Your resume should include any church experience or religious education or certificates. If you have a higher degree in theology, it will greatly improve your chances of getting a job.
If you have limited professional experience in the church, mention your community service or any leadership positions that you’ve had in the past.
Apply to open pastor positions online. Look on online job boards like Indeed, Monster, and Craigslist to see if churches are looking for a servant of God. You can also apply to jobs on church-specific job searching websites like ChurchStaffing. Submit your resume and write a cover letter and wait for a response from the church.
Apply to more than 1 church to improve your chances of getting a job.
Fill out the questionnaire that the church sends you. Instead of an interview, most churches will send out a questionnaire with important faith-based questions on it. These questions could ask you to describe your relationship with God, what you’ve done for the church, as well as questions about your family life and past leadership roles. Fill out the form to the best of your ability and send it back to the church that you applied to.
Specific questions could include things like “What role does evangelism play in your life?” “How are you strengthening your relationship with the Lord?” and “How do you plan on developing new areas of ministry?”
Perform a practice sermon on the pulpit. Most churches will require that you do a practice sermon to see your skills before offering you the job. Write and rehearse your sermon beforehand. Make sure to link specific passages in scripture to the lesson or story that you’re telling. Evaluate your practice sermon and identify areas that you could improve.
Many servants of God are the leaders of their church, so it’s important to have a powerful and moving sermon that gets church members excited.
Wait for the church’s final decision on whether to hire you. After you do your practice sermon the church will contact you on whether you’re a good fit for their church. If you gave a moving and powerful sermon and answered the church’s questions to their satisfaction, there’s a greater chance of getting hired.