I’m a believer in the principle that callings and responsibilities in the Church are given according to inspiration and revelation. When I get a calling extended to me, I fully believe that Heavenly Father in some way has prompted the leader to give me that calling, and that in some way I am meant to have this calling. What I can’t figure out is just how inspired these callings are.
Are Church callings unrelated to our talents, our interests and our experience? Does efficiency and a concern with getting the job done have anything to do with why we have callings? I see that most General Authorities have business backgrounds with experience in management, logistics and other practical affairs, and people believe it makes sense that the Lord would call them to serve in this way. Why does this idea seem to fail on the local level, where the MBA finds herself in Nursery, and where the GRE is EQ President?
Why do we get callings, anyways? Is there something more interesting going on here than the commonly-cited friction between what the Church needs and “what the Lord knows we need?”
If you find this all boring, here’s an alternative topic for you: how does the Lord extend callings to us outside of formal Church structures? For example, I feel really inspired and blessed for the work I’ve done with BCC, and I’m sure others in the Bloggernacle feel similarly. Though some may see it otherwise, am I justified to look at this as a calling?