Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Discerning Your Call to Ministry: How to Know For Sure and What to Do About It Hardcover – September 6, 2016
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From the Back Cover
“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
About the Author
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Allen begins by distinguishing between three related terms: called to minister, called to ministry, and called to the ministry. All Christians are called to minister, and church leaders are to equip the saints for this work—this work that is crucial to the functioning of God’s church. In this broad way every believer is a minister. Some Christians are called to ministry, to become involved in a vocation that has a significant ministry component. This might include counselors at Christian camps, coordinators of children’s ministries, or professors at seminaries. Then a few Christians are called to the ministry, the formal category defined in passages like Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and similar ones. The Bible refers to these people interchangeably as elders, pastors, overseers, or bishops. It is this final category that is the special concern of Allen’s book.
The Bible describes the function of these ministers and also describes the qualifications they must possess. Based on these, Allen frames his book around ten important questions. As a man prayerfully reads and considers these questions he will come to a deeper understanding of whether or not he is experiencing God’s call.
Do you desire the ministry?
Does your character meet God’s expectations?
Is your household in order?
Has God gifted you to teach and preach his Word?
Does your church affirm your calling?
Do you love the people of God?
Are you passionate about the gospel and the Great Commission?
Are you engaged in fruitful ministry?
Are you ready to defend the faith?
Are you willing to surrender?
Within these ten questions is an examination of a man’s character, knowledge, skill, and willingness to serve. Perhaps best of all is the constant call to seek and receive the affirmation of a local church, for the call to the ministry is not merely an internal call that a man feels but an external call he receives from those who have been called before him. This is an emphasis sorely lacking in too many similar books but present and repeated here. This is one of the most prominent strengths of Allen’s work.
The church is in desperate need of men who are willing, who are skilled, who are called. This book may be exactly what they need to evaluate themselves, to hear the call, and to heed the call. Discerning Your Call to Ministry comes endorsed by quite a list of trusted Christian leaders, Al Mohler, John MacArthur, Steven Lawson, and David Dockery among them. The accolades are well-earned and I gladly add my commendation to theirs. This little book is an excellent primer on the what, why, and how of the call to ministry. It is a book for pastors to have on-hand and to distribute freely. Even better, it is for them to read with the men in their churches who ask, “What about me?”