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Called to the Ministry Paperback – June 1, 1976
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Clowney takes the mystery out of the idea. What you're gifted in, you're called for, and what you're called for, you're gifted in. Start serving and fellowshipping where you are, and seize the opportunities that come. I greatly appreciated his straight-forward and Biblical approach to the idea of a calling.
I am a 25 year-old who has been considering a call to full-time ministry in recent years. I've been fed a lot of crap about what a "calling" is and how one senses it, none of which has been helpful, but has rather served to confuse and complicate matters. This book is the most helpful, valuable, and sensible piece of guidance I've been given.
It is not an easy read to say the least. Clowney's style is convoluted at times and tough to get through. I ended up reading each chapter twice in a row in order to comprehend and retain everything he was saying.
But the truths he conveys are worth the work, and it's a worthwhile and necessary endeavor before devoting your life to something as crazy as full time ministry.
We are called by name by God. Speaking of old testament priests and drawing upon Numbers 6:27 ("So shall they put my name upon them; and I will bless them.") Clowney asks the reader if he indeed has God name upon him (4). At its most basic level Clowney applies this to the ministry of the New Covenant where God writes his name on our hearts. Aside from a few quasi-sentimental Our names, so argues Clowney, have meaning on the heavenly level. We are known by our God-given names. We live in terms of those names. We are known to others by those names.
Not only are we called by name, we are called by name to God's service. God does not give his people a detailed outline of his future dealings with them, but he does give them guidelines, which is all they need to know.Read more ›
But whether we're asking legitimately or not, we should seek out the answer--what does it mean to be called to the ministry, and how do I know if I am? One of the best resources I've found for this question is Edmund Clowney's Called to the Ministry. In 90 pages, Clowney examines the call--but not simply the call to ministry, but the call from which it precedes.
Clowney argues that before we start asking questions about a call to ministry, we must first understand our fundamental calling as Christians. Whether or not there's a desire for a particular expression of Christian ministry, we have to recognize that it's not separate from our identity in Christ.
"There is no call to the ministry that is not first a call to Christ," he writes. "You dare not lift your hands to place God's name in blessing on his people until you have first clasped them in penitent petition for his saving grace. Until you have done that the issue you face is not really your call to the ministry. It is your call to Christ" (p. 5).
While it might seem obvious that someone desiring to be a pastor ought to be a Christian, it's certainly not always the case. One only has to look at the example of Simon the Magician in Acts 8:9-25, who is said to have believed and been baptized, but when he sees the Holy Spirit given by the laying on of hands, he offered money for the ability to do the same.Read more ›
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I do know that I was so encouraged/inspired/stirred that I promptly bought the last 2 in stock copies off bookdepository as a standby gift to fellow ministers in training when the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shaun L.
Good content, worth the read. Not just the same old cheesy ministry stuff really thoughtful stuff in here and a good value.Published 12 months ago by M. O'steen
This is going to help me a lot in Bible college and also in my jail ministry. There are souls to be won for Jesus.
I was recommend this book by the Pastor of our American church. I attend a spanish congregation but in the same building. Read morePublished on November 16, 2008 by C. J. Maldonado
I've read a number of books on this subject in an attempt to discern my own calling. This is the most balanced and biblical I've found yet. Read morePublished on December 27, 2003
I purchased this title hoping to find a book to give to young men contemplating God's call to pastoral ministry. I was disappointed in what I found. Read morePublished on January 28, 2002 by David R. Bess