If you have ever wanted to be a pastor of a local church, let me offer these suggestions for you. Please reflect on these crucial components. What about your personal commitment to Christ? Have you had a genuine encounter with God in His grace and mercy? What is the level of your love for God and for people? Do you sense a call from God for pastoral ministry? Are you willing to pursue theological education? Are you involved presently in serving in a local congregation? Have you personally been baptized and become a member of a church? Are you willing to be accountable to someone as you pursue this direction in your life? What do you truly believe, and are you developing your doctrinal statement of Christian beliefs? What would you say is your philosophy of ministry, and are you developing it in your mind and on paper? Are you reading books on what it means to be a pastor? Are you willing to spend money to build a good theological and ministerial library? Are you personally observing closely what and how pastors do what they do? Have you selected a mentor to guide you through the preparation process? Are you linked with a group of churches and leaders for mutual encouragement? These are some essential questions to ask yourself if you have ever wanted to be a pastor.