Apr 16, 2018
Helping Students Uncover Their Unique Calling
Andy Abramson writes about the kingdom potential found when you help students uncover their unique calling within the Great Commission and Great Commandment.
I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE FIND THEIR SWEET SPOT! As a leader, I love when someone discovers, for the first time, who they were made to be! Consequently, it breaks my heart when I hear leaders who are in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s lament that it took them so long to finally find that sweet spot.
A few months ago, I had the privilege to join leaders from around the country in Denver, CO to go through a process called Younique. Younique was created by Will Mancini and Dave Rhodes to be a personal vision journey that is a reflective and action-oriented experience designed to help a person live their life with the clarity that comes from knowing who they are and what they are called to do. It was one of those experiences that has changed me forever! It gave me an in-depth look at who I was and who God made me to be! I remember during one of the breaks, calling my wife and telling her that I would do whatever it took to have her go through this process (which she did in December of 2017). I also remember, during my time in Denver, listening to story after story of people who wished they had this breakthrough and these tools when they were in their 20’s! It absolutely broke my heart.
One of the most impactful sessions during Younique was a conversation around general and specific calling. In the last few years, we’ve seen the church being faithful to beat the drum of the Great Commandment and Great Commission, calling individuals and the church back to our mission and mandate. However, we have failed to see the church helping people discover their unique calling that God has placed on their lives.
What if as college ministry leaders, we would both beat the drum of the general calling of all believers as well as help young people uncover their unique calling, and then unleashed them into our world as Kingdom agents?
Beat The Drum Of The Churches General Calling
I’ve loved being a part of the Church, specifically in the last decade. As I’ve worked alongside leaders, there seems to be movement to go back to the church’s calling. As a church (or ministry) our call is to make disciples, to love God and love other people. It’s clear from scripture that this is the mission and mandate of the church. As leaders, our call is to guide people to embrace and live out this directive. As I think about your college or campus ministry, my hope is that these biblical imperatives are at the foundation of everything you are doing.
We must continue to ask these questions. Are we making disciples of the college students and then calling them to the same? Are we leading them to love God in deep and passionate ways? Are we stirring in them a love for their campuses, their city, and the world? Everyone’s call as a believer is to love God, love others and make disciples. Let’s pursue this at all costs within our ministries!
Help Collegiate Students Find Their Unique Calling
I’ve been excited about the Church’s move to get back to it’s calling. What we have failed to do, though, is help individuals discover their unique role in God’s Kingdom. As we read scripture, there is a beauty in the body of Christ through each unique person. God has given each of us unique giftings, passions, and experiences. His desire is to leverage these gifts and position each person in their Kingdom calling.
What if we began to understand this in a new way and embraced our part as we ministered to college students. As leaders, we need to be launching educators, doctors, businessmen, entrepreneurs, tech people as well as pastors, missionaries and vocation ministry leaders into their unique context God has called them to engage in. We can no longer just value ministry within the walls of the local church but rather seize our opportunity to equip people to be Kingdom agents within the space God has called them to participate in His work.
What if we would be willing to walk beside young people who are 18-20 somethings to discover and live out their unique call? We could be part of the greatest movement in our lifetime!
General Calling + Your Unique Calling
Over the last several years, I believe we have largely failed to marry these two callings together. What if we could help people discover their unique calling within God’s mission and mandate on our lives? What if college students were launched all over our world with a passion to love God, love others and make disciples but had an understanding of who God had uniquely created them to be? What if we as leaders saw it as our role to be a part of a movement like this? I want to challenge us as leaders to step back and see how we can be involved in this type of work. It would be an opportunity to see God work in every sector of our society and all over the world.
Can you imagine what the stories would be in the next 10, 20 or 30 years? Would you be excited to see young people who testify to God using their collegiate leaders to help them discover who God intended them to become? To see people who were passionate to make disciples around them, call others to love God passionately, and began to see their unique design as an opportunity to be a missionary in the field God has called them to be in. What an incredible opportunity in front of us!