Discerning your call to Ministry
By Jason K. Allen
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
Subtitled: How to know for sure and what to do about it.
Broken into ten chapters, with bits hanging on either end, this book describes what motivation and characteristics required to be in ministry, about how to called, and engaging in ministry.
With many anecdotal comments and reflections from Allen’s life, the book takes into consideration some Scriptures and quotes from Spiritual giants. It does answer any questions, but does take a reader on a winding journey prompting them to make a decision if ministry is for them.
I found that the book was a mix of Christian Leadership and Church Ministry. Many of the qualities that Allen talks about as required for Ministry, are required for any leadership role in the church. Although this may be a difference in interpretation in Scriptures that we may have.
In his pastoral epistles, the apostle Paul lists some high standards for church leaders: character above reproach, teaching ability, management skills, self-control—the list goes on, and the grading curve is steep. It makes us ask, “Do I really want to be a church leader?”
While a tool to help people make the decisions, it will help people consider some aspects. It is not however a tool that a prospective minister should rely on, and not the best book on this subject available.
I was given a free copy of this book from Netgalley and Moody Publishers in return for an honest review.