by BBC Admissions
What if I don’t want to work in a church? If you have given any thought to Bible college, this question might have crossed your mind… but it’s the wrong question. Replace “church” with anything else and you will see why it is the wrong question: What if I don’t want to work in a McDonald’s? What if I don’t want to work in a library? What if I don’t want to work in a courtroom? This question is built on the assumption that a church is a corporation like all the other corporations out there. But it is not.
Over the past two thousand years, every culture that has adopted Christianity has morphed the church into something else: Jerusalem morphed the church into a religion, then Greece morphed the church into a philosophy, then Rome morphed the church into a institution, then Britain morphed the church into a tradition, and America morphed the church into a business. What the church truly is the collection of individuals whose purpose is to make the invisible God visible in the name of Jesus Christ.
What the church truly is the collection of individuals whose purpose is to make the invisible God visible in the name of Jesus Christ.
God intended the church to be the primary mode through which He spreads his love and mercy.
Corporations do not do this.
Philosophies do not do this.
Systems do not do this.
Careers do not do this.
Only real people with real stories who want to be real servants do this.
The English language has confused the word church to mean buildings, job titles, worship services, and ministry fields. But the original biblical Greek word for church meant community.
The mission of Boise Bible College is to glorify God by equipping servant leaders who build up the church to advance the gospel worldwide. This means that BBC seeks to teach students to be humble people who live with Spirit-filled purpose in order to help mature the community of Christians around the world and to share the liberating truth that Jesus’s death and resurrection heals people from their brokenness and restores them back to God. BBC does not equip you to work in a religious business; BBC equips you to be a ministering ambassador of Christ no matter what you do for a living.
In the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Jesus tells his followers to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” Being “salt” and “light” in the name of Jesus is ministry, and doing ministry does not mean exclusively “working in a church.” Doing ministry is sharing the gospel – the good news of who Christ is and what He does – with anyone anywhere. The gospel is the single most important truth in the universe.
For too long, sharing the gospel has been the official role of missionaries and evangelists, but scripture is clear that sharing the gospel and making disciples is a calling for everyone who claims Christ as Lord (Matthew 28:16-20). That might seem daunting – talking to people about faith can be scary – but any calling given by God will be equipped by God.
Being “salt” and “light” in the name of Jesus is ministry, and doing ministry does not mean exclusively “working in a church.”
You might be caught up in the drama of finding your calling in life. But what if your calling was not something you have to find, but rather something upon which you wait faithfully on God? Dr. Tod Bolsinger, a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, observes that God has called people to certain vocations ever since the dawn of time – from Adam and Eve to the Apostle Paul to everyone since who has felt the tugging toward a specific coarse of action. “…The mystery has been not only that God calls us, but how.” Dr. Bolsinger concludes “one’s calling in life is not so much found as formed.” Or to say it even more clearly, our vocation is not truly found until we are fit for it. What a liberating concept!
You don’t have to go searching high and low to find your calling in life; live your life in submission to God and His calling on your life will find you when you are ready for it. He will form it in you, meaning he will refine you through failure and success so that you can mature into who He desires you to be so that you have the strength to do what He needs you to do.
“One’s calling in life is not so much found as formed.” – Dr. Tod Bolsinger, Fuller Theological Seminary
The work that God has for you may or may not be in the organizational structure of “church,” but it will most definitely be in the community of the church because every Christian is called to be a contributing member of the church (1 Corinthians 12). You can become an entrepreneur, a lawyer, a cosmetologist, a graphic designer, a nurse, a real estate agent – name it – but your primary responsibilities as a Christian are to
Love the LORD with every fiber of your being. . .
Fellowship and worship with other Christians . . .
Help preserve the truth of scripture . . .
Affirm other Christ followers . . .
Contribute to the needs and decisions of the community of believers . . .
Disciple other people in Christ . . .
Bring lost people to know and love Jesus by sharing the gospel . . .
And bring glory to God.
An education at Boise Bible College, even just one year, will equip you to not just work in a church, but to be the church.