It’s not necessary to have formal training before you start a ministry, but most seasoned ministers recommend that you pursue some type of biblical training as soon as possible. The more you learn the better equipped you will be.
You can take classes online or by correspondence from many universities if you can’t attend full time. Formal training will increase your confidence in yourself as well as others confidence in you.
That being said, the best way to train for your area of ministry is to find someone who will become a “father in the faith” and mentor you. For example, Paul mentored Timothy (Acts 16:1-4). He served Paul faithfully, helping him grow his ministry. If you are faithful in another person’s ministry, God may see fit to give you your own (Luke 16:12). Pray for guidance as to whether you should seek formal training first or go ahead and start your ministry.
It’s also very important to find a fellowship, denomination or church that can provide your spiritual covering. You do not have to be part of a denomination, or have someone controlling your ministry, but you do need to have a fellowship or pastor who will hold you accountable and be there if you need help.
Don’t try to be a lone ranger. We’re all stronger if we have some type of spiritual support and fellowship.March 10th, 2014