I received a copy of Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen recently. I had heard about this book while listening to the Rainer on Leadership podcast. I was intrigued by what I had heard on this book. I believe that the content of this book covers some thoughts that those who are wrestling with what God is wanting to do in their lives wrestle with. Below are some of my thoughts about this book.
At the beginning, Allen jumps right into definition mode. In the introduction, he shows the difference of being called to minister, called to ministry, and called to the ministry. This is an important distinction that I believe many do not see. Allen does a good job of showing the difference and importance of each term.
The meat of the book is divided up into 10 chapters. Each chapter deals with a question to help the reader better see what God may be doing in his or her own heart. He uses Bible verses, thoughts from Christian ministers of the past, and personal stories to help the reader wrestle with each question.
The conclusion of the book helps the reader by giving points to pursue in relation to what the reader has discovered about himself or herself through the questions. It is good that Allen not only helps those who come through the questions still feeling that God is calling them to the ministry of the gospel, but he also shares encouragement for those who do not sense that call. Allen does not devalue those who are not called to the ministry, but he encourages them to be faithful to what God is calling them to.
As one who has felt the call to the ministry, I remember the times of wrestling and trying to figure out what that meant. I also remember hearing the stories of many who wrestled much longer with what God was doing in their lives – those who were called to the ministry and those who were not. I am grateful to Dr. Allen for the work that he has put forth here in Discerning Your Call to Ministry. I believe that this small book will have a big impact on many men and women going forward who are wondering what God is up to in their lives.
If you sense that God might be up to something and calling you to a deeper service… if you find yourself wrestling with what God is wanting you to do with your life… I would encourage you to get a copy of Discerning Your Call to Ministry and let this great tool help you discern what God is doing in your life. It will be money well spent.