Serve with Excellence
If you have a burning desire to travel the globe and share the gospel (or serve in another capacity), it can be difficult to choose the right path. Here are a few tips that will help you along the way.
Fortunately, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. “Discovery” is a part of the educational process. At the right college, you can discover your path through online discussions with classmates, mentorship from faculty, video-conferencing with friends, and through professional connections in your area. It’s a three-step process that combines the experiences you share, the people who support you, and the training that you receive. It all adds up to a distinct, God-ordained path for your life.
“If we’re walking side by side with how God made us and what God wants us to do, with the support and structure of a college, you can find your calling,” says Dr. Scott Moats, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Crown College. “God is saving you for a purpose. Get going and do something, and God will direct you! College is a great place to do that.”
Dr. Fawn McCracken, the Dean of Online Studies and Graduate School at Crown College, echoes the importance of exploring your gifts and talents. According to Dr. McCracken, College is an intersection of your passion and strengths. She further explains that passion is what God is putting into your heart. When you see your strengths emerging within that passion, you have found a calling!
“College gives you exposure to things you never realized existed,” she says. “You take a class on sociology, and you are introduced to a new lens of discovery. There’s a fire lit under you, and you have to keep following it.”
“An education is definitely more than book knowledge,” adds Darren Noble, the Office of Career Services Director at Crown College. “Informational interviews, job shadows, internships, and especially networking ought to be a priority during every student’s educational journey.” Noble says this germination and development—nurtured by those in your chosen field—will give you a strong sense of God’s will for your life.
“Discovering a calling is a process with many related parts,” says Noble. “It’s not just what knowledge you have; it’s also the experiences and skills you have. Students majoring in science or nursing should connect with professionals working in those fields. The same goes for education, ministry, business, and other majors.”