Gospel Ministry Call
My name is Kitty Matz and I have a Gospel ministry call. I live in the United States where religious freedom is celebrated but also frowned on. Depending on where you are and who is around, sharing your faith in the Lord can get you scorned, avoided and in some cases fired from your job.
I was raised in the mid-west where my parents taught me ethics like hard work and loyalty, but I was not brought up in a Christian home. I did not start going to church until second grade and then attendance was very sporadic. My father passed away when I was 15 years old which sent me into a tailspin of bad choices and no Christian guidance. I still attended church, but my heart was not in it. I met an incredible woman who encouraged me to develop a relationship with God, starting me on my spiritual journey. I met my husband who was raised in a very loving and Christ-centered family. It was their dedication to the Lord that opened my eyes to the love of Christ and lead me to find myself on this path toward ministry.
My dream is to pursue a degree in ministry and to someday serve my church home in a women’s ministry role. I want to make a difference in the lives of the women in our church. The Getting Started class at Christian Leaders Institute has allowed me to search deeper into my soul to determine if this is indeed where I am being led on my Gospel ministry call. I have already learned a new way of praying and the importance of journaling my prayer. I am spending more time meditating on His word and absorbing the teaching of the Bible.
I feel like I identify with several ministry words: Pastor, Evangelist, and Small Group Leader. I would like to start small and work my way up. What prompted me to pursue ministry is I desire to share the Gospel with those who don’t know it and I want to bring those who do know the Gospel closer to God.
Challenges in my area are that this is the Bible belt. There are churches on every corner and people from different religions knocking on doors on a daily basis. Getting the truth out there for people to know is hard when so many variations are being shared.
Connecting to the Bible has brought me into a relationship with God. I always knew that He was my Father in Heaven because that was what I was taught as a child, but I know now that He really is my Father, that He loves me, He cares for me and He wants me to be all in, in this relationship with Him. I am the daughter of a King, and I matter! I did not know that someone could love me as much as He does.
My church is wonderful in praying for me, supporting me and mentoring me. Our lead pastor asks how my studies are going and he offers me advice. One of his suggestions for me was for me to study like I am saving lives, not like I am getting a degree. My mentor checks in on me and answers questions when I have them. My adult Bible study class prays with me and for me and supports me on my journey. I would certainly not succeed without their support.
My husband and children are very supportive and excited for me on this endeavor and are active in our churches. Our youngest son serves in the U.S. Army and attends church on the post where he is stationed. When he comes home, he visits our church. I am honored to be part of the praise team and our middle son sings with me. My husband helps with Sunday morning services running the visual program. I schedule a team of people to serve Communion weekly to our homebound members, and we all volunteer regularly for special events.
A scholarship to Christian Leaders Institute will allow me to pursue a formal degree in Christian education without putting my family into debt for the next 20 years. This scholarship will help me to attain the level of education necessary to make a difference in the lives of others in my Gospel ministry call. I would ask for prayer regarding God’s plan for me, that He lead me to the path that He wants me to be on regarding this ministry, and walks with me on the journey.
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