Appointed to Preach: Assessing a Call to Ministry  -     By: David Hegg
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Appointed to Preach: Assessing a Call to Ministry

Christian Focus Publications / 2010 / Paperback

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Seeking to discern a call to ministry? How do you know - And if so, how can it be assessed? In an age that fears to contradict personal feelings and emotive persuasion here is a resource that clarifies the matter.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 1845506197
ISBN-13: 9781845506193
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Publisher's Description

Why does Ordination matter?

If you have a call to ministry how do you know - and if so, how are you assessed? In an age that fears to contradict personal feelings and emotive persuasion here is a resource that clarifies the matter.



Topics covered:


  • The appointment of God's man

  • The affirmation of God's people

  • The man God appoints

  • Character and desire

  • Message and gifts

  • The process of ordination

  • Preparing for ordination

  • The ordination council

Author Bio

David W. Hegg has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years and presently pastors Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, California where he lives with his wife Cherylyn. He holds a D. Min from Westminster Seminary in California and is an adjunct professor at The Master's College. He is the author of Appointed to Preach and blogs at www.heggthought.com.

Editorial Reviews

Here is a unique and timely book... David Hegg has done a great service to the church by tackling this matter with biblical clarity and warm pastoral concern...The ease with which it is possible to read this book belies the depth of the insight which it contains. As you read it you will want to pause often, turning to the various passages of Scripture and taking time to think through the implications of these most vital truths."
"If the faithful proclamation of God's message is to be valued by today's mass media, if the spiritual health of the church is to be treasured above interpreting marketing trends, if the inegrity of the leader is to be required above personal charisma and if these things are the highest priority of God... then the requirements and the procedures leading to ordination must be examined. David Hegg's book, Appointed to Preach, is a book long overdue. It should be in the hands of every person seeking ordination as well as local church leaders and denomination ordinations councils."
"David Hegg has earned the right to address us on the topic. As an ordination mentor, he sees a procession of individuals who desire to be effective pastors... Whether you are considering the pastorate, are already a pastor, or are leading pastors, the benefits of David's work will far outweigh the brief investment of time it takes to read it."

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    A Robust View of Ordination
    May 28, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    "A strong case can be made that we presently have too many men in pastoral ministry; too many who have taken the mantle of leadership upon themselves without having been selected and formed by God for that purpose." (pg. 23)

    "Isn't it about time that we expected more from those who would stand before us as God's ministers?" (pg. 51)

    When is the last time you read anything like the two statements above? Following the lead of such great men as Charles Spurgeon and Richard Baxter, David W. Hegg displays a holy zeal to protect the office of the pastor. In his book Appointed to Preach: Assessing a Call to Ministry (a recent re-release from Christian Focus Publications), Hegg raises the bar for pastoral ministry and recovers the lost art of a thorough ordination process.

    An experienced pastor who serves on the regional ordination council of his denomination, Hegg has seen the good and the bad when it comes to ordinations. Too often, the process becomes an empty formality or an opportunity for cranky old men to ridicule a youngster in public. Avoiding either extreme, Hegg envisions ordination as a careful and slow process whereby unworthy candidates for ministry are weeded out and faithful men of God approved and affirmed to their calling.

    The book addresses the role of ordination, the character qualities the Bible expects of a pastor, and the path for a man seeking ordination. Wise advice is given both to aspiring ministers and those who would seat the ordination council. A blueprint is also furnished that can be adapted to fit the particulars of a variety of conservative denominations. A helpful appendix of recommended reading rounds out this handy volume.

    At a mere 154 pages, the book can be read in one sitting. Yet Hegg's practical wisdom and insightful comments deserve more extended reflection. Useful as a handbook for all involved in the ordination process, it also offers a wake-up call to the church at large. How we view the pastoral task matters both for how we practice ordination and how well our churches are pastored. We need faithful men behind our sacred desks. May many men and churches be blessed through the counsel David W. Hegg shares in this book. I recommend this book highly.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Christian Focus Publications for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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