Before I joined the staff of Covenant Church, I worked in the secular arena for almost nine years after graduating from college. Before, I ever heard the term marketplace ministry, ministry in the marketplace was and still is my aim. Many times individuals come to recognize that they have the calling of God on their lives and the only way they can see that calling expressed is being on staff at a church.
My objective graduating from college was to minister in whatever environment I found myself. Knowing that the anointing on my life was to pastor, I decided that I would covertly serve as a pastor to my co-workers. Over the course of the first few months on the job, they came to regard me as “the real christian” because of the way I carried myself. My credibility with the people caused them to share their personal problems ranging from family and relational issues to career challenges and internal fears. Over the course of time, I realized that I would be on the staff at Covenant Church, but the passion to minister to those in the marketplace has never waivered.
I submit to you that there is more than enough ministry right in your circle of influence even greater than the opportunity to preach in a church’s pulpit. Make it your aim, minister where you are and watch the Lord manifest His presence and power through you.