Does anyone remember the TV show hosted by Drew Carey called “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The premise of the show is that Drew takes suggestions from the audience or has predetermined ones. He assigns roles and scenarios to the comedian contestants who must improvise a skit on the spot.
This show reminds me of my life sometimes as the spouse of a pastor.
I’ve been the spouse of a church planter, youth pastor, music pastor, assistant pastor, lead pastor, solo pastor, district superintendent, Wesleyan university president. What’s left?
I’ve almost got enough gray to qualify to be the spouse of the senior citizen’s pastor!
I promise you in each of these roles there were times that I felt like someone came up and put a label on me, and I started to improvise. Like in the TV show, I was expected to perform without a script.
These times have led me to have thoughts like, “Hey, my spouse is the pastor, not me!” “I didn’t sign up for this.” “My wedding vows did not include church custodian and/or nursery director!” Many times I have asked this question, “Hey, whose call is it anyway?”
These expectations really burdened me until I began to think about a call to ministry in a different way.
In the book The Call, Os Guinness has some enlightening ideas concerning the idea of “call”.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated “call” usually has the same meaning as our English word. Humans call to each other, to God. To call means to name, and to name means to call into being or to make. “God called the light day.”
However, in the New Testament, “call” is almost always synonymous with salvation – God’s calling people to himself as followers of Christ. Could this mean that when we are saved, we are called??
“The core of our existence is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are and do and have is invested with a special devotion and direction lived out as a response to his summons and service.” – Os Guinness
Os goes on to talk about a general calling. Each person is formed by the Creator to know him and to be known deeply by him. God calling me to Himself is an intimate holy knowing. He knows me like no one else. The more I come to know him, the more I come to know my purpose for existing.
We have a general calling and a specific calling. The more we come to know the One who has called us, the more courage we have to look at our own stories and explore our individual purpose and naming.
So, we are all called. In HIS call, there is no sacred or secular.
So, hey, it’s your call!!!!
When you answer God’s call, you can become who He has called you to be.
Sherry Gorveatte grew up in a pastor’s home and said she would never marry a pastor and so she did! Alongside her husband, Mark (who is also a PK), she has served in ministry roles including youth pastor’s wife, pastor’s wife, district superintendent’s wife, and university president’s wife. Sherry and Mark currently serve in the Crossroads District of The Wesleyan Church where Mark is the District Superintendent. In addition to her various ministry roles, Sherry is a CPA and has her own business specializing in ministerial taxation and nonprofit accounting. She is also the mom to four awesome children.