Soon after his conversion William Carey began to speak at various Dissenting churches and soon felt called to pastor among the Baptists. If Careyâ€™s future success had been judged by his early days in preaching he would have been deemed hopeless for the ministry. He was never considered a good speaker. Carey was slight of build, prematurely bald, and crude in his speech. His first year at Olney was so unimpressive that the church refused to ordain him. One hearer commented about his sermon as, “weak and crude as anything ever called a sermon.” Carey often said of himself that his one great strength was that he was a “plodder”. He may not have had the greatest skills but he had extraordinary tenacity. So, the young preacher persevered and was finally ordained. His next ten years were served first as bi-vocational and then full-time pastor.
As a young boy, William developed a love for the explorers; so much so that his friends nicknamed him Columbus. That love for adventure became a love for adventuring for Christ as an adult. As a pastor, Carey also worked as a schoolteacher. While serving in that capacity he designed a shoe-leather globe to teach his students about geography. It is said that at times while he was teaching his eyes would fall on that globe. Soon Carey would be weeping, crying out, “And these are pagans, pagans!” As he studied and prayed William Carey saw in Christ the perfect example of a missionary. He wrote:
“If Christ could stoop so low as to visit our … sinful world, and be moved with compassion upon the most undeserving and guilty, the most sinful and depraved …in what better way could we demonstrate that we are partakers of His grace than by earnest endeavor to imitate His example … by laboring to promote the salvation of the most ignorant and helpless of mankind?”