I get emails —
Good day … My question concerns knowing or descerning God’s direction. Since receiving my master’s degree I had wanted to do a Ph.D. However, since my master’s period I got involved in the church. I was also appointed as a leader and normally lead a Bible study on a regular basis with three students.
Last year, I began to see more deeply that the heart of the problem in society is the sin problem and not necessarily poverty, education, etc. This made me all the more want to do this Ph.D. in hopes of serving God and influencing others at the same academic level as myself. But at the same time I began to have doubts whether I should continue with the Ph.D. plan or just give myself fully to preaching the gospel. At the same time, my conscience convicted me that that I could still contribute to God’s salvation work through the PhD using what I had learned from the Bible.
The reader is struggling between a career in ministry and a career in a profession. I’ve always known I would make a terrible minister, so I’ve never wrestled with this choice. For those readers who are in ministry or have left ministry, what advice can you give to help this young man decide whether to pursue the ministry?