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FORTHCOMING TITLE, ETA OCTOBER 2021
A Practical Guide for Men Aspiring to Ministry
What does it mean when a young man says he is “called” to be a pastor? Does that mean he is, or will be, qualified to be an elder? Is he gifted to work in pastoral ministry? According to pastor Bobby Jamieson, the idea of “calling” is the wrong place to start.
In The Path to Being a Pastor, Jamieson exhorts readers to trade the question “Am I called?” for “Am I qualified?” Instead of making pastoral ministry their goal, he encourages aspiring pastors to focus on their qualifications for eldership and begin participating in ministry in their local churches. For those further along the process and beginning their pastoral work, Jamieson offers advice about godly ambition, encouragement for those going through the candidating process, and a call to cherish Christ above their ministry. Written from personal experience, this guide lays the groundwork for aspiring leaders to walk through various stages of ministry preparation, trusting that the Lord will direct their steps on the path to becoming a pastor.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Finding the Path Chapter 1: Say “I Aspire,” Not “I’m Called” Chapter 2: Aspire Humbly Chapter 3: Seek Wisdom Chapter 4: Make the Biblical Qualifications Your Compass
Part 2: Walking the Path Chapter 5: Learn to Pastor from Faithful Pastors and Healthy Churches Chapter 6: Start Setting an Example Chapter 7: Elder Before You Elder Chapter 8: Want to Be a Leader? Then Lead Something Chapter 9: Master and Be Mastered by Scripture Chapter 10: Take Every Teaching Opportunity You Can Get Chapter 11: Pinch Hit Chapter 12: Apprentice in the Craft of Preaching Chapter 13: Read for Life Chapter 14: Give Yourself to Prayer Chapter 15: Banish Pornography Chapter 16: Marry Wisely Chapter 17: Lay down Your Life for Your Wife Chapter 18: Pastor Your Children Chapter 19: Study God’s Blueprints for the Church Chapter 20: Serve Outside the Spotlight Chapter 21: If You Can, Make the Most of Seminary Chapter 22: Improve Your Trials Chapter 23: Filter
Part 3: Approaching the Destination Chapter 24: Slay and Resurrect Ambition Chapter 25: Be Careful Who You Work For Chapter 26: Candidate Candidly Chapter 27: Cherish Christ