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Define and Refine Your Calling

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)


Define Your Calling

You may think that defining your calling is simple and straightforward. On the other hand, you may wonder what it means to have “a calling.” In my case, I felt a desire to work in Christian ministry, but I didn’t know how to get started.

Like me and other students at Carolina College of Biblical Studies, you may have a college degree or decades of professional experience. Your education and work never included or required formal biblical education. Still, you sense an unfulfilled need to understand your calling or purpose to serve in ministry.


Sense of Calling

Librarian Kellie Tomita found her calling at CCBS.

After nearly 20 years of administrative and managerial experience in public relations, I became burned out. I began recalling the desire I had nearly 30 years ago to work for a Christian ministry. Therefore, it seemed logical to look for communications positions in well-respected Christian ministries. As I began my search, I learned that many of them required at least 12 hours of Bible college credit to apply. This coincided with encouragement from my friends to consider taking classes at CCBS.


Shared Bible College Experience

As a step of faith, I took CCBS’s How to Study the Bible course online. This introduction to biblical higher education led me to pursue a Certificate in Biblical Studies at night while I continued working.

CCBS’s welcoming and friendly environment became a pleasant escape from the demands of my workplace. I also began learning from exceptional professors and developing a greater appreciation for the Bible and solid biblical doctrines.

As I got to know other students, it became clear we shared something in common – seeking to define and refine our calling – following the Lord wherever He led.

Where the Lord Leads

Nearly a year after receiving a Certificate in Biblical Studies, CCBS asked me to consider becoming their librarian. Was this my calling? If so, it meant quitting a full-time job and going back to graduate school. It also meant trusting God on this unforeseen journey that only He could charter. Within a few months, I quit my job and began pursuing a master’s degree in library science while working at CCBS.

Studying in the library can lead to discovering your calling.


Calling Fulfilled

The pursuit of biblical higher education became the stepping stone to define and refine my calling. Attending CCBS enhanced my biblical knowledge and prepared me to relate to Bible college students in a way I never imagined. Our students are often surprised to learn that I never intended to become a librarian much less one at a Bible college. The Lord is not surprised.


Explore Your Calling

You likely know there is more to the Lord’s calling on your life and that you need to start somewhere. Take a step of faith, enroll in a course, become a full-time student, attend a Preview Day, or contact our Admissions Team to learn more. You never know where or how God will lead you, but you can be sure that He is calling you to serve Him.

Kellie Tomita serves as CCBS’s current librarian. She enrolled at CCBS in 2015 and began working there in 2019. In 2022, she earned a master’s degree in library science.