The most important component for anyone wanting to enter Christian service is a strong, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship is based on the understanding that our sins can be forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary. It involves an understanding that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God,” Romans 3:23, NIV. But by His sacrifice and death, Christ paid the penalty for all sins, thus allowing us the opportunity to confess our sin and enter into a relationship with Him.
Once this relationship is established the believer grows in his or her faith until they become a mature Christian. This growth continues throughout the life of all believers.