Reawakening the local church to its God-given role in affirming those who are called to ministry, Croft provides a pastoral and practical guide to the biblical and theological principles involved. Case studies giving real-life examples show you who's responsible for giving and receiving the call, how it's done, and more. 128 pages, softcover from Day One.
Test, Train, Affirm & Send into Ministry: Recovering the Local Church's Responsibility to the External Call
Brian Croft has produced a much needed resource in the area of the call to the ministry. In his introduction, Brian Croft draws our attention to two aspects of the call to the ministry--the internal call and the external call. It is this external call that Croft seeks to give clarity and biblical instruction in. Croft obviously speaks from experience, as evidenced from the rich examples within his own ministry and the edifying insights of the parties, processes, and implications of the external call. Croft does a great job showing how the entire church body is involved in this testing, training, affirming and sending exercise. While the pastors/elders of the church are the main authorities in the matter, the entire body has a responsibilityindeed a dutyto examine, encourage, and judge whether or not this aspirant minister is indeed called of God. The pastoral office (and the missionary alike) consists of numerous duties and privileges, of which his primary duties are to preach the word (2 Tim. 4:2) and shepherd the flock of Christ, while being a humble example to the flock (1 Pet. 5:1-4). Certain gifts and characteristics (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9) will accompany the man that God has called to this office. The local church has a God-given responsibility to confirm that this individual indeed possesses these gifts and characteristics.This book will serve as a great resource for pastors/elders, aspirant ministers, and lay-members alike. I dont simply highly recommend this book; I plead with you to pick up and read, and apply these biblical principles and practical insights in your own local church. I firmly believe that a stronger, healthier, and more doctrinally aware church will be the fruit of your faithful efforts. Thank you Brian Croft for supplying the church with this richly edifying and needed resource. I will reference it time and time again in my own ministry.
July 1, 2010