Question:

What made you decide to become a preacher? Some people talk about feeling called when they discovered that they wanted to preach, and some people just decide to do it. What made you want to preach?


Answer:

The decision to preach is one I arrived at when I was 16. It was born out of my love for the Bible and my love to teach. From that point, each decision I made about my career revolved around that first choice. For example, my grandfather was a preacher and knowing that income for a preacher can be unsteady, I looked at what I could do that would allow me both the flexibility to preach and a flexibility in choosing where I would live. My skills were best in computers and biology. I thought about the medical field for a while, but decided a doctor's hours would interfere with preaching too often. I selected working for a large company that had many locations where the church was weak and in need of preachers. I purposely selected assignments to go to these areas. I eventually left the secular job when it began interfering with my ability to preach. I still use my computer skills as a backup when funds become an issue, but I remain focused on preaching full-time.

I can't really say that I stopped to consider why I decided to preach over other jobs. I love what I do and never regretted the choice.