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  • ISBN 1846251974
  • ISBN13 978-1846251979
  • Language English
  • Author Brian Croft
  • Publisher Day One Publications (April 1, 2010)
  • Pages 128
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  • Category Bibles
  • Subcategory Churches and Church Leadership
  • Size ePub 1841 kb
  • Size Fb2 1642 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 126

The once strong commitment by the local church throughout church history to affirm a person who possesses the gifts and godly character suitable for Christian ministry, known as the external call, has practically vanished in the twenty-first century. This book is designed to equip and call back local churches to this biblical responsibility. This is accomplished by answering the typical questions that accompany this topic: Who is responsible? Who receives this call? Who gives this call and how does a local church proceed to give it? These are just a few of the important questions that are biblically, theologically, and practically answered. The aim of this book is to contribute to an awakening in the local church to relieve unnecessary pressures upon theological institutions, alleviate confusion to those seeking a call into gospel ministry, and restore a vision to this divine call which God has placed solely upon his redeemed people.

Brian Croft writes an excellent, succinct book discussing the local church's responsibility to "call the called. Croft has worked in the pastorate for about 15 years, and his practical experience shows through the pages.

Brian Croft writes an excellent, succinct book discussing the local church's responsibility to "call the called. Croft says that while the personal, internal call of a man to preach is necessary, it is not nearly sufficient to determined who is truly called by God and who is not. What is necessary is for the local church to test and train a man to determine his gifts and abilities and then finally affirm (or not) whether he is truly called to the pastorate or not. The book has many strengths

Start by marking Test, Train, Affirm, and Send Into Ministry . Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Other books in the series. Ministering The Master's Way (1 - 10 of 11 books).

Start by marking Test, Train, Affirm, and Send Into Ministry: Recovering the Local Church's Responsibility in the External Call as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. Books by Brian Croft.

This book is designed to equip and call back local churches to this biblical . In this new and important book, Brian Croft presents a bold and biblical understanding of the call to ministry.

This book is designed to equip and call back local churches to this biblical responsibility. The aim of this book is to contribute to an awakening in the local church to relieve unnecessary pressures upon theological institutions, alleviate confusion to those seeking a call into gospel ministry, and restore a vision to this divine call which God has placed solely upon his redeemed people.

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Brian Croft pastors Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky

Brian Croft pastors Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The church he serves is a good model for church renewal, and as his book indicates, he has committed from the beginning to building into the lives of the aspiring ministers God has brought into his fold. Thus, he is in a good position to write a book on this subject, and as my own interactions with Brian have taught me, his shepherd’s heart is worthy of imitation.

a good way to pray for both the believer and unbeliever in the room

This is always a good way to pray for both the believer and unbeliever in the room. God, Man, Christ, Response. 4. Affirm God’s character and promises. First, affirm who God is to the sick, then extend to them the promises of that God. 5. Trust God’s plan. He is also the author of "Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness (foreword by Mark Dever) and "Test, Train, Affirm, and Send Into Ministry: Recovering the Local Church’s Responsibility to the External Call" (foreword by R. Albert Mohler J. Brian blogs regularly at Practical Shepherding.

The once strong commitment by the local church throughout church history to affirm a person who possesses the gifts and godly character suitable for Christian ministry, known as the external call, has practically vanished in the twenty-first century. This book is designed to equip and call back local churches to this biblical responsibility.

Ministering the Master’s Way is a unique little series published by DayOne Each of the books looks to a different practical aspect of the Christian ministry.

Ministering the Master’s Way is a unique little series published by DayOne. It is a series that knows exactly the audience it is trying to reach–the pastor or elder of the local church. Each of the books looks to a different practical aspect of the Christian ministry. Many of the titles deal with very niche topics, but ones that are largely untouched by any other author–visiting the sick, accepting a call to minister at a local church, offering pastoral comfort to those who grieve, even caring for the pastor’s voice.

Brian Croft highlights the church's responsibility to call and affirm . In the past, training and sending individuals into pastoral ministry and missionary work was viewed as the responsibility of the local church.

Brian Croft highlights the church's responsibility to call and affirm individuals who claim a personal, divine draw to the ministry. This undermines the highly individualistic sense of call that people speak about today, which is considered above evaluation or critique. Brian Croft calls churches to take up responsibilities Paul expected them to exercise and pastors to do the kind of work Paul charged Timothy and Titus to d. Jim Hamilton.

In the past, training and sending individuals into full-time pastoral . The aim of Prepare Them to Shepherd is to challenge local churches to recover the biblical model for ministerial training and assume responsibility to identify and prepare gifted and godly individuals for service in Christ’s body.

In the past, training and sending individuals into full-time pastoral ministry and missionary work was viewed as the responsibility of the local church. Today, much of that responsibility has been delegated to Bible colleges, seminaries, and parachurch and mission organizations.

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Brian Croft, Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist church in Louisville, Kentucky, has produced a much needed resource in the area of the call to the ministry (as a pastor or missionary). This concise work comes equipped with a forward by Albert Mohler, Jr. himself, who, when speaks, deserves our attention. In his introduction, Brian Croft draws our attention to two aspects of the call to the ministry; one of them we are quite familiar with, while the other is often neglected in our day. The internal call is that call an individual senses within himself, as a God-given desire to work in the ministry, and believes he has been gifted for such a purpose. The external call, the one neglected or misunderstood, is that call which involves the local church examining the ministry-aspirant. It is this call that Croft seeks to give clarity and biblical instruction in, and I believe he has done us all a huge favor in this Bible-centered book, full of practical insight from his own ministry. The chapters follow:

Introduction
1 Prologue: To What is the Pastor Called?
2 Who is Responsible for the External Call?
3 Who Should Receive the External Call?
4 Who Gives the External Call?
5 How Should We Proceed with the External Call?
6 What is at Stake with the External Call?
7 Conclusion
Appendix 1 Pastoral Internship Template
Appendix 2 Service Review Evaluation
Appendix 3 The External Call (Acts 13:1-3)

I'm tempted to spend a brief amount of time in each chapter giving a summary of Croft's main points, but at the same time I don't want to give too much away. Allow me, therefore, to briefly summarize the whole book. Croft is obviously speaking 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 external call. While the pastors/elders of the church are the main authorities in the matter, the entire body has a responsibility-indeed a duty-to examine, encourage, and judge whether or not this aspirant minister is indeed called of God to enter this honorable and serious office. God has not given this responsibility to the colleges, seminaries, and para-church organizations-as helpful as they may be-but He has ordained this ministerial exercise to take place in the context of the local church.

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, all the 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 (pastors/elders and congregation) have a God-given responsibility to confirm that this individual (or individuals) indeed possesses these gifts and characteristics (at least to some degree, as the aspirant is expected to mature spiritually as he is tested and trained). Besides the Scripture references, and quotations by past, godly and faithful ministers, Croft provides practical examples from his own ministry how this process of testing, training, affirming, and then sending into the ministry may be fulfilled.

In Chapter 4 Croft provides four marks or areas of a faithful church that are essential in this external call process: 1) a local church whose central focus and practice are determined by Scripture, 2) a local church with pastors that shepherd and care for God's people, 3) a local church with a "regenerate" church membership, and 4) a local church that practices church discipline. For more information on these areas you need to get the book and read it

In Chapter 6 Croft presents some serious warnings to churches and individuals who fail in this task. He discusses four areas of risk if this external call is neglected: 1) the lives of individual Christians, 2) the well-being of local churches, 3) the effectiveness of theological education, and 4) the glory and name of Christ.

This book discusses the fundamental areas of this external call to the ministry, and will therefore serve as a great resource for pastors/elders, aspirant ministers, and lay-members alike. I don't 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.
Erennge
wonderfully written and gospel centered
Nahn
This is a Wonderful resource for training of Pastors! I would highly recommend this to any one training to be a pastor or mainly for those who are training pastors who will be sent out to pastor new works! Wonderful Resource! I Loved It!
Pastor J. Washington
Mitars Riders
Brian Croft writes an excellent, succinct book discussing the local church's responsibility to "call the called." Croft says that while the personal, internal call of a man to preach is necessary, it is not nearly sufficient to determined who is truly called by God and who is not. What is necessary is for the local church to test and train a man to determine his gifts and abilities and then finally affirm (or not) whether he is truly called to the pastorate or not.

The book has many strengths. Croft has worked in the pastorate for about 15 years, and his practical experience shows through the pages. Croft writes with passion, insight, and pastoral wisdom. This is plainly a man who is serious about shepherding the people of God and is anxious to see the next generation of pastors and teachers rise to their high calling. The book is well researched and well written with numerous quotations and thoughtful interaction with both authors and the Bible. Test, Train, Affirm, and Send is also eminently practical for all those involved in church from pastoral staff to laymen in the pews. In short, the book was a pleasure to read.

On a personal note, it was very convicting and makes me ponder my specific calling. I certainly feel the internal call, but I've never thought about the genuine necessity to seek external confirmation. This will be something that I will be prayerfully pursuing in the coming weeks. I am exceedingly thankful that Brian Croft took time write this short yet wonderful little book on practical pastoral ministry.
Gralsa
This was a wonderfully helpful book, and I'm grateful to Mr. Croft for providing the church with this picture of how the external call ought to function within the local church. As a person prayerfully considering the call to full-time gospel ministry, I appreciated his emphasis that an external call is necessary in addition to the subjective, internal call.

One critique is that I thought the exegetical basis for locating this external call in the local church was underdeveloped. I agreed ultimately with his argument, but the exegesis of Acts 13:1-3 could have used a more in-depth analysis. It was a short book, so it's understandable, but it warranted a four star rating in my opinion.

Again, I'm very thankful to Mr. Croft for his work, grace and peace to the people of God.