Interview questions posed to Pastor Christine Shippey on her call to ministry.

You’ll find the reading quite interesting, uplifting, and hope filled.

Pastor Christine Shippey
Pastor Christine Shippey
Interviewer:

“What five qualities do you think are most important for ministry?”

Pastor Christine:
  1. Being sure of your calling,
  2. fully equipped and in step with God’s timing.
  3. Making it about the Lord and putting down our own fleshly ambitions, expectations, and desires.
  4. Manifesting honesty and integrity before God and accountable to those in authority over you. And of course,
  5. being the right kind of example to others.

 

Interviewer:

“How did you know you were called to ministry?”

Pastor Christine:

“I have always felt the call of God on my life from the time I can remember, singing in front of the congregation for the first time at five with my cousins. Then when in or around 4-5th grade, seeing a woman evangelist with a music ministry speak and sing at our church, I felt an assurance in my heart that I would do something like that.”

 

Interviewer:

“Have you always been so sure?”

Pastor Christine:

“Even when I fell away from the Lord in my teen years I had encounters with the Holy Spirit, drawing me back to him with a strong sense of purpose.”

 

Interviewer:

“What is your foundational scripture for your ministry?”

Pastor Christine:

“Matt. 28:19-20 ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen’ … And Psalms 82:3-4 ‘Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.”

 

Interviewer:

“What would others say is your strongest anointing?

Pastor Christine:

“It would be a tossup between prophecy and healing. Some would talk about the words of prophecy they have received while being prayed for in our meetings, while for others it would be how God has used me in the gifts of healing with many documented results.”

 

Interviewer:

“What Bible figure do you most relate to in ministry?”

Pastor Christine:

“Jeremiah – used by God to speak the word of the Lord in the midst of turmoil and discomfort.”

 

Interviewer:

“Where would you like to see your ministry in 5 years?”

Pastor Christine:

“In five years, I would like to be housing and training people for life and ministry in our programs, with ministry teams preaching the gospel at our facility and prisons in Texas.”

 

Interviewer:

“Jesus in his earthly walk did everything he could to duplicate himself through his disciples that his ministry would carry on and expand after his departure. What are your plans to duplicate yourself?”

Pastor Christine:

“Raising up these people that come through our program to do the work of the ministry and seeing them run facilities, worship services and participating in song and testimony. We are duplicating ourselves now and have volunteers working with our ministry teaching weekly classes in the prisons.”

 

Interviewer:

“What kinds or groups of people are you called to reach?”

Pastor Christine:

“I have always felt called to the down and outers you could say, the underdogs, and we also minister frequently in prisons.  But I can’t just stop the call there. I have to say I am called to those truly desiring to change, those looking for answers and hungry for truth. One of my favorite scriptures is – ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.’  I quote that a lot in our services.”

 

Interviewer:

”What would you like people to say about you after your departure from this earth?”

Pastor Christine:

“I would like people to say about me is that she cared about others, she cared and helped those that had no one, and that she did what God told her to do.”

 

Interviewer:

“What are your 3 favorite ministry generals in history?”

Pastor Christine:

“Kathyrn Kulman, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Smith Wigglesworth, and John G. Lake. Oops, that is four. Is that OK? They all had such a great impact on the church and were powerful in their ministries.”

Interviewer:

”Of course it’s OK!”

 

Interviewer:

“If you could sit on God’s lap, what would you like to say to him?”

Pastor Christine:

“I love you Lord. Thank you for saving me and treating me as your own. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for your patience with me and that you loved me when I was my own enemy and when I was an enemy to you by my life and actions.”

Interviewer:

”I‘m sure that would please him.”

 

Interviewer:

“Last question … What would you like to hear him say to you?”

Pastor Christine:

“This is probably what most people say but ‘Well done good and faithful servant, enter in’!”

 

Interviewer:

“Thank you for your time. Your answers were appreciated.”

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