New SBTS Press title helps readers discern the call to ministry

Communications Staff — October 30, 2013

SBTS Press, a division of Southern Seminary, today released a new resource, The Call to Ministry. The write-in, journal-style book helps readers discern whether or not God has called them to vocational ministry.

The Call to Ministry features essays from Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr.; associate professor of biblical spirituality Donald S. Whitney; and Daniel S. Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration at the school.

Readers will find, in addition to these essays, a collection of quotes that show how pastors, both past and present, think about the call and the task of ministry.

In the book’s preface, project editor Matt Damico writes, “The book includes pages with blank space; those pages are for you to respond to questions, react to the quotations and reflect on the Scripture references you’ll find throughout. So, open your Bible, get out your pen and discover whether God has called you to this most noble and weighty task.”

The book answers questions concerning the internal and external aspects of the call, the nature of ministry and whether or not the reader’s desires, gifts and qualifications meet that which Scripture requires for ministers.

The publication of this book coincides with the second annual Expositors Summit at Southern Seminary. The summit is hosted by the Center for Christian Preaching that aims to restore the primacy of expository preaching in local churches. The 2013 conference features speakers Mohler, Alistair Begg and H.B. Charles Jr. Information about the Center for Christian Preaching is available at The center sends updates and highlights resources through Twitter:

The Call to Ministry is available from, and Southern’s LifeWay Campus Store. More information about the book and SBTS Press – including the four prior volumes in the guide book series — is available at

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