There are two parts to a ministry call—“God calls and man calls out.” There is first an inward call. God speaks through His Spirit to men and women He has called to ministry service, filling them with a sense of urgent commission. Charles Spurgeon identified the first sign of God’s call to the ministry as “an intense, all-absorbing desire for the work.”
Second, there is an external call, what Scarborough referred to as the “human side to a divine call.” Baptists adhere to the belief that God uses the pastor and congregation to call out the called to ministry.
If you’re not willing to preach in the basement, you have no business preaching in the bay window. The trick is improving your preaching talent and skills without simultaneously attempting to carve out your own niche in the Preaching Hall of Fame.
More churches, and more pastors for our existing churches, will happen as we identify more God-called men, set them apart as ministry leaders, and equip them for pastoral ministry.
If my pastor knew a teacher in the youth ministry was telling my three teenagers that God did not love and desire everyone to be saved and he did nothing to address it, I would be upset. Most Baptist parents would!
Whether it is a huge battle that results in a church split, or a small battle that just makes the life of the pastor and everyone involved miserable, my experience has been that there is one major cause of battle.