I firmly believe that to teach, to serve on a committee, or to minister through a church ministry is a response to a call. How each individual works out that calling is part of the wonderful and enriching dimension we depend on to flesh out the prompting of the Spirit. I had a high school art teacher who cringed anytime a student copied the style of a celebrated artist. He would say, “Everybody wants to paint like Norman Rockwell. So what? There’s only one Norman Rockwell! Work on finding and developing your own style!” No two people will do ministry the same—thankfully! Each brings his or her gifts and visions to the task. Having said that, however, there are some things that are a “given” when we answer a call to ministry. These are not new, I think, but they deal with basic responses of discipleship to Jesus Christ.