Callings Are Vital to Know

by: Jay Stearley  |  August 31st, 2018  |  Faith  | 

It is rare that I speak with a leader who can define the difference between vision and mission.

And it is rare that the same leader can then define what the uniqueness of their vision and mission are.

This is a problem. Not knowing these will thwart our positive impact in many ways.


How many times have you visited a church’s website and seen something like, “Love God. Love People.” Or, “Authenticity and Community.” These elements are correct– they are our core as Jesus-followers. But they do not fully capture the awe-inspiring uniqueness that the leader, nor the organizations they serve, were created for.

Perhaps the more important word to consider is “calling.” I used to discount and question the usage of this word. It seemed so… well, ambiguous, individual, and unrefined. However, through discernment and surrender, I have come to understand how powerful and beautiful “callings” are!


Callings are catalytic movements in our hearts, minds, and souls. They are unique. They are defining. They are empowered by something greater than grit and circumstance. They are vital for us to understand.

Billy Graham had a calling. Martin Luther King Jr. had a calling. Jeff Phillips has a calling ( Steph Davis has a calling (

What is yours? What is your organization’s? Do they align?


When you know your calling and share a calling with others, everyone and everything goes to the #nextlevel!

If you do not know your calling, ask a friend or mentor to help you process it. If you need additional help, please call us. At Slingshot Group, we exist to see everyone thrive!

Jay Stearley

Jay Stearley has over 16 years of ministry experience. He has most recently served as an Executive Pastor with one of America’s top 100 fastest growing churches as designated by Outreach Magazine in 2016. He completed an M.B.A. in Management… Read More