Military Ministry Ordination
Military Ministry Ordination
My name is Melissa and I am called to military ministry. I live in Albany, NY with my husband, son, dog and two cats. My work is as an administrative assistant, and I enjoy researching my family tree. At church, I am on the youth board serving with the middle school. I also attend weekly Bible reading through classes and attend an evangelism class twice a month.
I am the youngest of four children. We grew up in the Methodist church. I attended Sunday school and the youth group. My grandmother was my early Bible influencer. She taught me Psalm 23 when I was 7 or 8. We had many biblical discussions during my early years. When I reached my twenties, I stopped attending church unless it was Easter or Christmas. I read my Bible once in a while but was not as connected as I once. During this time, I will admit, I felt God often tapping me on the shoulder and asking me to return to Him.
When I married and we had our son, I began to realize how important God was to me. I met my friend, Karen, and she became an instant sister in Christ. We both believe God put us in each other’s lives. Sadly, she died of cancer but her memories and our walk will always be an important part of me.
We enrolled our son in a Lutheran school, started attending church there and became members. I served on the school board for five years. I attended Bible studies and taught Sunday school. Working with the middle school youth at our church has been a blessing to me as well.
I have felt a strong pull to the ministry for a long time and would like to become involved with the military ministry. So many of our families are left behind as their loved one leaves for an overseas tour. Many of our vets come home and feel lost and alone. I would like to be there for the military, the veterans, and their families.
Ministry Training and Ordination
While researching online an education path for ministry, I found Christian Leaders Institute. I enrolled at Christian Leaders Institute to receive the training and certification. This training will help me to achieve my goal of ministering to others especially those that serve or have served in the military. I am excited to see what God has planned for me. My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
What began as a goal to achieve a Diploma in Ministry has led me to enroll in the Deacon Ordination. My family and mentors have been very supportive. Once I become a Deacon, my next step is to become an Associate Chaplain Minister. I feel this will be beneficial as I volunteer with veterans and begin a veteran and military ministry. Chaplains are so important in the military. I enlisted in the Air Force many years ago. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete Basic training due to a medical issue I had prior and resurfaced while in Basic. I met with the Chaplain at the base a few times and his guidance and prayer was very helpful to me.
I have really enjoyed working with the middle school youth at our church. As I continue my education and begin the military ministry God is leading me to, I would appreciate prayers for support and guidance.
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