Are You a Reluctant Christian?

Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

An important part of the pathway to ministry in The United Methodist Church is discerning your call. You are given a mentor to help guide you, assigned papers to write, and continuously encouraged to seek God’s guidance. We take it seriously and believe that each of us in ministry is given a call from God. (Actually, everyone is given a call, but that’s a column for another day!) My call? It’s to reach out to those who feel they are in the margins. They feel marginalized by life, the church, God, or all of the above. Social status, education and financial security offer no guarantees when it comes to this feeling.

That’s why I’d like you to ask yourself if you’re a reluctant Christian. By that I mean, do you feel you want to be a part of this faith journey but, for whatever reason, you find yourself on the outside looking in? Or, do you hold back on fully jumping into this whole church thing, because someone might find out you have doubts about your worthiness as a Christian? No worries. You’ve come to the right place!

Jim, Amy or I are always available to talk with you about your faith walk. We can help reassure you that questioning is a part of growth, and that, yes, sometimes God can feel far away. Even if you are reluctant or unsure, I hope that you will always find your way to Trinity. This Easter season is a perfect time to join or rejoin your church family here.