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Discerning Your Call to Ministry: How to Know For Sure and What to Do About It Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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“Now my number one recommendation to those who sense God’s call to ministry in their own lives.” — Thom S. Rainer, president & CEO, LifeWay
“. . . answers scores of questions I hear from young men and potential seminary students all the time.” — John MacArthur, pastor, Grace Community Church
“The church has needed this book for a long time.” — Russell Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
If you are considering the ministry, there are two mistakes to avoid.
The first is taking up a calling that isn’t yours. The second is neglecting one that is.
In this resource for students, aspiring pastors, and even current ones, Jason Allen poses ten questions to help you know if the ministry is for you. Using Scripture, church history, and his own experience as a seminary president and former pastor, he offers a proper view of the pastorate and guides readers in making an informed, confident decision about their service to God, one way or the other
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Although many people in churches are quick to applaud and confirm an individual who senses a call to preach, it may be that very few of them have ever stopped to think what it is they are confirming. One of the reasons that this subject is not discussed in detail could be the level of emotion some have invested into it. When you try to pry into the issue, things can get messy, as questioning someone if he is sure about a call to preach can seem akin to calling his wife ugly.
Of course, we ought to be able to examine these things. If pastors have the privilege of explaining the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15) and give account for how they handled their responsibilities (Hebrews 13:17) then it is of the utmost importance that individuals that sense a call to preach are examined.
But on what basis are they to be examined? Certainly, sincerity is not the only criteria. If someone was seeking baptism and membership, and their only conversion testimony was something like "God told me I am saved," would that suffice? Of course not! They need to be able to articulate the gospel and give credible evidence that their conversion experience matches up with the biblical standard.
In this book, Jason Allen reminds us that the Bible has a standard for called preachers, too. That standard, including the desire, the gifting, and the qualifications, is laid out in this book to make the reader see his call through the lenses of Scripture.
Some will read this book and no longer believe they are called. And unless our desire is to have pulpits filled with unfit occupants, we should see that as a good thing. Others will read this and walk away with more assurance than ever that God has made them (or is making them) preachers, because they have been convinced by the Scriptures.
This is a fantastic work that addresses an often confusing subject with rare clarity and biblical fidelity. I will purchase or recommend this book for friends when the topic comes up.