here to help and encourage students sensing a
call to ministry

Called Retreat

January 4-5, 2019 • FBC Arlington

Learn MorE

Michael Evans is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He explains the experience that led him to vocational ministry, wanting to live the life of Christ.

After drifting away from God, and returning, Lynn Harper tells of how God burdened him for others' salvation, and the passion he received for being called to ministry.

Ronny Marriott is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church Temple. In this video, Ronny talks about how his love for people led to a job in ministry.

Sabrina Sariles is the Youth Minister at Iglesia Bautista Getsemani, Fort Worth. In this video, Sabrina talks about how feeling called to ministry can feel like a struggle.

Linh Huynh is the English Ministry Pastor at West Houston Vietnamese Baptist Church, Houston. In this video, Linh talks about how other people encouraged him to join ministry.

Katie Kresge is a worship leader in Corsicana. Here, Katie talks about her call to minister in worship and the encouraging support she received with that calling.

Ready. Recognizing and Responding to God's Call

Perhaps you are sensing God inviting you into a conversation about serving him in ministry. This book will encourage you and answer some of your questions about recognizing and responding to the call of God in your life. Its purpose is to help you pursue God's call and to guide your search through prayer, Bible study, and reflection.

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You're going to want this poster

We're all about raising awareness. We want students to know that an exciting career in church ministry is more than just a viable career path, it may be the very thing to which God is calling them. We designed this snazzy poster to put the question to them: Do you feel called? If you'd like a copy to hang on your bedroom wall, youth room, church bulletin board, camp cafeteria or someplace else, we'll happily ship one your way. Just send us an email, provide your name and mailing address, and then hold your breath. Well, not really!

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Called Retreat - For High School Students Sensing a Call to Ministry

January 4-5, 2019
First Baptist Church Arlington

The Called Retreat is an event where High School students from all over the state come together to learn more about their calling and discuss with men and women in ministry about how best to pursue that calling.You will hear from great leaders from across the State!  A panel with ministers from many different areas of ministry will be there to sit and talk with you personally. 

It will be held at First Baptist Church Arlington beginning at 6:30pm on Friday, January 4th.  It will conclude on Saturday, January 5th, in the afternoon at 3:30pm.

More Details


We've found some great resources to help you as you listen to and follow God's call in your life. Check out the resources below, or view our full list, complete with brief descriptions, here.

  • Is God Calling Me? Answering the Question Every Believer Asks, Jeff Iorg
  • The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society, Henri Nouwen
  • Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Kathleen Norris


God still speaks to us through the scriptures. What better way to discern His calling than to spend some time in His Word? Check out the key verses below, or view our full list, complete with additional insights, here.

  • "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
  • "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2 (NASB)


Sensing a call to church ministry? Want to talk about it? Send us an email. We're here to help and encourage you.