Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Jeff Ward


Call, Called, Discerning and Confirming a Call, Discernment, Interventions, Confirmation on the Call


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


You think you are called… Now What? The purpose of this research project is to guide those who feel they have been called to ministry into action—from the point where they sense a call to ministry, to gaining confirmation and moving them forward by answering the call. Selected participants have expressed a range of experiences, while still struggling with the confidence to embrace and walk in their calls. This research will assist leaders to encourage and nurture others to walk in their purpose—fulfilling the “Great Commission The intervention will consist of: (1) an initial two-day conference designed to clarify and nurture their calls; (2) six weeks of spiritual coaching sessions focused on the practice of spiritual disciplines, specific scriptures to meditate, and journal reflections to be discussed once weekly with the researcher (3) and lastly a pre-and post-questionnaire to determine the effectiveness of the interventions. The research method used in this project was a meditation process that allowed individuals the time to hear from God through the testimony of others, practicing spiritual disciplines which includes scripture meditation, journaling, and one on one spiritual coaching sessions.