On Calling with Julia Sterne, Peter Ong, and Tim Keller

In this new year, many of us are making plans or pondering resolutions for the coming months. These can range from losing weight or getting more organized to changing jobs, moving our families to a new city, or taking up a new call.

Taking stock of our calling, where God has brought us up until now and where he is leading us, is always a relevant question, particularly for those called to live out their faith in an unstable economy, a transient city, or any kind of ministry. If God has created each of us with certain gifts and a calling for our lives (Ephesians 4, Romans 12), then seeking our calling is not just about personal fulfillment or getting ahead, but it is a matter of finding out how we are meant to glorify him.

Here are a few resources from our network on finding your calling.

1. Neat & Tidy Tips for Figuring Out Your Call and Messy & Ugly Confessions in Figuring Out Your Call

Julia and her husband Alastair Sterne are planting a church in Vancouver, and were part of our 2011 International Intensive. Here she recounts some of the very practical wisdom she's learned along the way to becoming a counselor and wife, and now, moving 3,000 miles to start a new church.

2. On Calling with Peter Ong

Peter Ong is in our Fellows program for prospective church planters. In this audio interview, he describes his journey from parachurch minister to elder to his new venture: starting a church-plant of a church-plant in Flushing, Queens. He also describes how as a pastor he helps his congregation to find their own identity in Christ and let that foundation drive their calling, and he gives some advice to those who might want to plant a church in New York City.

3. Vocation: Discerning Your Calling

Finally, in this article Tim Keller talks about finding a vocation, both in our careers and in our church communities. In a work-obsessed world, often driven by sex, money and power, we can look to our communities and the needs around us to see opportunities to serve as a steward of God's creation. "Your family background, education, and life experiences—even the most painful ones—all equip you to do some work that no one else can do."

Happy New Year.