ANSWERING THE CALL: Understanding And Responding To The Call To Full-Time Ministry

ANSWERING THE CALL: Understanding And Responding To The Call To Full-Time Ministry

by Ron Lewis

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Overview

“Ron Lewis has helped more young people answer the Call to ministry than anybody I know. These principles will guide you confidently into the purposes of God.”


Dr. Rice Broocks, Co-founder, Every Nation,


Author of God’s Not Dead and Man, Myth, Messiah



WHAT IS FULL-TIME MINISTRY?


“‘Come follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once, they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:19-20


What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “full-time ministry?” Maybe you think of a man in a collar or flowing robes, a preacher on TV, or a missionary in the bush of Africa, the frozen tundra of Siberia, or the jungles of the Amazon. Perhaps you think of a campus minister who has helped you get to know Jesus in a personal way. To a degree, these can all be examples of full-time ministry. From here on, when I use the phrase “full-time ministry,” I am mindful that all ministry—in every sphere of life—is a full-time calling. However, for the sake ofclarity in this book, when I refer to full-time ministry, I am referring to a man or woman whose primary occupation is gospel ministry and all it entails.


Full-time ministry is a job, a vocation, and a career, but, as we will see, it is so much more.


This subject is often misunderstood and usually brings with it a handful of questions:


•Does God want you to go into full-time ministry? (Chapter 2)


•What is the real difference between a Christian who works a “secular job” and a full-time minister? (Chapter 3)


•Does it please God more if you are a full-time minister? (Chapter 3)


•If I go into ministry, where do I begin? (Chapter 5)


•What will it cost me to follow Jesus into full-time ministry? (Chapter 7)


•How can I be paid for doing Christian ministry? (Chapter 9)




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998729213
Publisher: BEYOND PUBLISHING
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: Answering the Call , #1
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 1,212,381
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Endorsements


Forward by Jim Laffoon


Dedication


Introduction .............................................................................15


1 What is Full-Time Ministry? ....................................................18


2 How do I Know if I’m Called? ..................................................23


1. The Call ...............................................................................25


2. Desire ..................................................................................29


3. Gifting Beyond the Ordinary ...................................................31


4. Confirmation .........................................................................33


3 Ministry in the Marketplace .....................................................36


4 The Big Question ...................................................................44


5 Start Small ............................................................................52


1. Fruit .....................................................................................55


2. Finances ..............................................................................57


3. Recognition and Promotion .....................................................59


4. Resources .............................................................................60


6 Preparation and Training ..........................................................63


1. Bible and Theology .................................................................66


2. Leadership .............................................................................68


3. Practical Ministry Skills ...........................................................70


4. Culture and Contemporary Issues .............................................72


7 The Cost of Obedience .............................................................76


1. Peers .....................................................................................80


2. Parents ..................................................................................81


3. Pressures ..............................................................................83


8 The Consequences of Disobedience .........................................87


9 Funding the Ministry ................................................................95


1. Hired to Work Full-Time ..........................................................97


2. Partnership Team .................................................................100


3. Part-Time Employment/Creative Entrepreneurship....................101


10 Rewards of Full-Time Ministry ...............................................105


1. People .................................................................................107


2. Places .................................................................................109


3. Possibilities ..........................................................................110


Epilogue ...................................................................................112

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