By Rev. Kevin Nollette, Associate EP
I have a friend who retired after more than thirty years as a Pipefitter. I asked how he came to pipefitting as a vocation and he looked at me puzzled. He said, “Pipefitting has been the way I have provided for myself and my family so that I’m free to pursue my vocation as a Christian.” Then he told me of the work and hobbies he does, and has done, in and out of the church to fulfill his calling as a believer. His vocation, he explained; is to use the gifts, the talents, the resources, and the life God has given him, to respond to Jesus’ call to follow him.
We all have a vocation to follow Christ. We all need to hear God’s calling and know God’s equipping by the Holy Spirit. We all are called today. How are we hearing? How are we responding?
In my CPM work with those in inquiry and candidacy there are a lot of conversations about vocation, calling and spiritual formation.
Working with COM has given me the opportunity to explore those same dynamics with churches, Ruling Elders and Teaching Elders.
Outside of work I’m privileged to serve as chaplain to the board of Renewal Ministries Northwest, an organization seeking to equip churches and church leaders to deepen church member’s walk with Christ, and assisting churches in being more faithful.
In November these questions of vocation and all these roles in my life intersect with a wonderful (and inexpensive) teaching retreat, right here in Seattle. The retreat, lead by Dr. Gordon Smith, sponsored by Renewal Ministries Northwest, “Vocation and Spiritual Formation; …Our Unique Place in God’s Renewing Work in the World” will be held, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, 7pm - 9pm Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, 9am - 3pm, at First Free Methodist Church, Seattle, WA.
This is the perfect opportunity for any believer discerning their call to ministry. Since all believers are called to ministry, I believe that includes all of us. So, if you are examining what God is calling you do to next in ministry, whether that is helping in Christian Education, cooking for a food program, going to seminary, exploring the mission of the church you lead as a Ruling Elder, or looking at a pipefitting apprenticeship program; this is the retreat for you. Especially if you are considering just what God has for you next, this is a great opportunity for you.
Registration is simple - click here!
I hope to see you there.