“Called” and “ordained”

“Called” and “ordained” are often used in the context of religious ministry or leadership roles.

To be “called” typically refers to the sense of divine or spiritual guidance that a person feels towards a particular vocation or mission. In the context of religious leadership, it might refer to a person’s sense of being called by God to serve in a specific role, such as a pastor, priest, or minister. This sense of calling is often accompanied by a strong conviction and a deep commitment to serving others and carrying out the work of the faith community.

“Ordination” is the process by which a person is officially recognized and authorized to serve in a particular leadership role within a religious community. This may involve formal training, such as theological education or seminary studies, and a period of apprenticeship or supervised ministry. Ordination often involves a public ceremony, in which the candidate is formally commissioned and blessed by members of the community, such as other clergy or religious leaders.

In many religious traditions, ordination is seen as a sacred and solemn event, and the responsibilities and expectations of ordained leaders are considered to be significant and far-reaching. Ordained leaders may be responsible for leading worship services, providing pastoral care and counseling, overseeing religious education programs, and carrying out other important functions within the faith community.

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