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The “Call” to Ministry?

March 21, 2011

Curtis C. Thomas, in his book Practical Wisdom for Pastors: Words of Encouragement and Counsel for a Lifetime of Ministry, has this to say about the concept of a “call to the ministry” that many minsters claim to have experienced:

The Biblical concept of a “call to the ministry” does not include a vision, special revelation, or mystical experience.  Rather it involves factors such as:

  1. Does the man reach out for the work?
  2. Is he qualified biblically?
  3. Does he posses the gifts necessary to fulfill the functions?
  4. Do the elders and the church think he is gifted and morally qualified?
  5. Are his life and doctrine sound?
  6. Will he live as an example before the flock?
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