As United Methodists, we believe that our mission is to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This mission is carried out by ALL involved in the life of the local church, both professionals, and lay persons.
As noted in the United Methodist Book of Discipline:
The heart of Christian ministry is Christ’s ministry of outreaching love. Christian ministry is the expression of the mind and mission of Christ by a community of Christians that demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship. All Christians are called through their baptism to this ministry of servanthood in the world to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.
The Apostle Paul told the church at Ephesus, and the universal church as well, that God has given us gifts to assist in the mission of making disciples and transforming the world:
The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
So the question for all who desire to walk in the way of Jesus is not whether we are called to serve, but rather “How is God calling me to serve?”