I sense that the Lord is calling me to enter the ministry and preach the Gospel. How do I prepare for this?
Anyone who senses the leading of the Lord to enter the Christian ministry or any field of Christian service should seek confirmation of that guidance through meditation upon God's Word and prayer.
The desire to enter full-time Gospel ministry should be a God-given urge and passion to seek out the lost, win them for Christ, and nurture them within the church. Paul expressed it this way, "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9:16).
Preparation should begin immediately through a personal habit of daily devotions, Bible study, and prayer. Loyalty in church attendance and active participation in Christian service are essential. Counsel and prayer with pastors and church leaders are also vital. Perhaps your pastor could suggest a program of reading and study in those areas he would consider most helpful. Trust the Lord to lead you in further training at a Bible college or seminary of His choice.
Your pastor or church leaders should be able to give you specific information on the process of obtaining credentials for ministry within your particular church or denomination. You might also contact officials at a Bible college or seminary that you are interested in.
As you explore God's plan for your ministry, remember the wonderful promise of Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."