“Calling Out the Called” R. Scott Pace and Shane Pruitt is a leadership resource for Christian ministry. In this interesting book, two authors combine their pastoral experience and leadership talents. Its easy to see when the writing shifts. One writes as a fact finder and another writes conversationally. One begins paragraphs using strong sentence hooks. The other begins paragraphs with stories. Overall, the message is consistent, while the writing style shifts from chapter to chapter. Using both voices and skills, they demonstrate the necessity of growing ministries. The practice of soaking, saturating, and abiding are emphasized. They wisely discourage prosperity preaching and peddling of the Bible. Skill development and Biblical references are present throughout the book as they encourage readers to step into their calling.
I received an Advanced Reader copy from Netgalley.
A helpful guide to those who feel called to service in the [Christian] Church. I would be included in that category as I am currently in formation to be a deacon with a strong desire to properly discern that calling. With that said, this was not entirely what I was expecting or wanted, but it was still very helpful to my discernment process. The authors start the discussion by looking at “The Call” or 1) The concept of calling, 2) the current state of ministry and 3) practical ways to cultivate an environment for discernment … most of which I found relatively intuitive, but it was good to have them down in writing. I was particularly interested in the steps prescribed to “confirm your calling” that looks at your desire, gifts. external affirmation, check your motivations and clarify your understanding of the call … I would submit that overwhelming desire (which to me sounds very self centered) could be related with an inexorable pull to serve in a manner consistent with your gifts … because as a PK, I was painfully aware of what service means and would frankly desire a different path if possible.
The second part looks at how the Spirit works as Our Companion, Counselor, Comforter and Conqueror (that later being something of a stretch IMHO) before getting into some very practical advise on how to survive the call to ministry … and balancing family with ministry. In general I think it was all good advice. So … if you think that you have a calling, this book will pretty a solid foundation.
Introduction: Calling Out The Callers
Chapter 1: Wrestling with the Call
Chapter 2: Abiding in Christ
Chapter 3: Loving the Scriptures
Chapter 4: Being Men and Women of Prayer
Chapter 5: Being Should Winners
Chapter 6: Loving the Church
Chapter 7: Relying on the Spirit
Chapter 8: Serving Others
Chapter 9: Balancing Family and Ministry
Chapter 10: Persevering Ministry
Chapter 11: Preparing for entry
Conclusion: How to Give an Invitation for Calling Out the Called
I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.