What Does it Mean to be Called into a Pastoral Ministry?

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An Interview with Pastor Dan Hanshew, Crossroads Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC.

Some Main Points from the Podcast:

Objective Side:

The called one should be a student of the Word of God

To be sound in doctrine

Has to have a Church that calls him

Qualifications from the book of Titus

Subjective Side:

You have a burden from the Spirit of God

You should have godly people around you or you should be with godly people

Should have experience prior to pastoral ministry

Understand and acknowledge the providential circumstances

Must have love for people, and love for the Word of God.

Resources mentioned in the Podcast:

Davey, Daniel. “The Call to the Ministry.” The Pastor: A Guide for God’s Faithful Servant. Ed. Jim Vogel. Arlington Heights, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-60776-584-4

Some other resources that men considering the pastorate might find helpful:

  • Prime, Derek and Alistair Begg. On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work, revised and expanded. Chicago: Moody Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0-8024-3119-6
  • Criswell, W. A. Criswell’s Guidebook for Pastors. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1980. ISBN: 0-8054-2360-5
  • Wagner, Charles U. The Pastor: His Life and Work. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 1976.
  • Hughes, R. Kent. The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015. ISBN: 978-1433545870