Unqualified (by Guest Blogger, Sabrina Watkins)

Qualifications are one of several key factors to being successful with landing that perfect job in today’s market. Lack of qualifications can sometimes make or break your chance of getting the job you want. Recruiters scan through hundreds of resumes searching for that one candidate who meets the qualifications. 

Luckily, serving isn’t like looking for a job. Serving does not rely heavily on your qualifications. There is an amazing quote out there:  “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” There is so much truth to this quote in the fact that God will qualify us if we are willing to serve Him. The Bible is full of individuals who did not have very impressive resumes or qualifications to their name, but God did amazing things through them. Your lack of qualifications should not hinder you from serving in ministry. One of the biggest misconceptions about serving in a special-needs ministry is you need to have certain qualifications. I know this because I speak from personal experience.

I was working in the IT field for a large corporation when a friend of mine introduced me to Access Ministry.  At the time, I was in my mid-twenties and had no prior experience working in the special-needs community, nor did I know anyone affected by disability. I agreed to attend one respite event to be nice and figured it would be a one-time event. What I didn’t know at the time of the offer is that’s where God was calling me to serve. Six years later, I am still volunteering with Access Ministry. The night I attended respite for the first time changed my life. God opened my eyes to such a beautiful community I had never seen in my life. I remember sitting in a meeting several years ago with Access director Jackie Mills-Fernald. She told me you can teach a person what they need to know to get the job done, but you cannot teach a person passion. I came to Access Ministry with no qualifications, but I had passion. I was like a sponge the first few years soaking up all the knowledge from staff, classes, and other faithful volunteers. During that time, I took my love for everything creative, especially photography, and started using those gifts within the ministry. I have been able to participate in all the ministry’s programs at one point or another. Volunteering with Access Ministry has opened my eyes and my heart to a community that is oftentimes forgotten. I am truly blessed to be serving alongside such amazing men and women of God, who are passionate about serving. I feel humble that God has picked me to serve such amazing families, and that they allow me to serve their children. I was not qualified to serve in Access, but I answered the call and God qualified me for the job.

You do not need experience to serve; you need passion. We are all called as Christ followers to serve others (1 Peter 4:10). The reality is potential volunteers don’t need the right qualifications; they need God’s calling! Where is God calling you to serve?

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

One Comment

  1. Robin Anderson wrote on February 22, 2012 at 4:17 am

    What a blessing you are and what a wonderful blog. God bless you and all the work you do.

    Love Aunt Robin


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