Books and Websites


The following are books that were written to help those called to ministry with their calling.

Discerning Your Call to Ministry – Jason K. Allen

Succeeding at Seminary – Jason K. Allen

Letters to My Students – On Preaching – Jason K. Allen

Letters to My Students – On Pastoring – Jason K. Allen

The Pastor’s Justification – Jared C. Wilson

Gospel Driven Ministry – Jared C. Wilson

The Call to Ministry – Albert Mohler, Donald Whitney, and Daniel Dumas

Ready. – Grant Byrd and Rusty Wheelington

Is God Calling Me? – Jeff Iorg

Answering God’s Call: Finding, following, and Fulfilling God’s Will for Your Life – Scott Pace

Pastoral Theology: Theological Foundations for Who a Pastor is and What a Pastor does – Scott Pace and Daniel Akin

Preaching by the Book: Developing and Delivering Text-Driven Sermons – Scott Pace

Student Ministry by the Book – Scott Pace and Ed Newton

For understanding Biblical Interpretation:

A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules – Robert Stein

For basic understanding of church, ministry:

The Deliberate Church – Mark Dever and Paul Alexander

For the right disposition, character formation:

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald S. Whitney

For a small collection of preaching books:

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture – Edmund Clowney

Why Johnny Can’t Preach – T. David Gordon

The Joy of Preaching – Phillips Brooks

The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching – Keith Willhite and Scott Gibson

For a New Testament Introduction:

An Introduction to the New Testament – D.A. Carson and Douglas Moo

For the Old Testament:

Old Testament Theology – Paul R. House

For Christian Ethics:

Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today – John Jefferson Davis

Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions – Arthur Holmes

Ethics and Moral Reasoning – C. Ben Mitchell

For Understanding Individual Calling(s):

The Callings: The Gospel in the World – Paul Helm

Every Good Endeavor – Tim Keller

Websites/State Convention Support

The “Call to Ministry” Network is sponsored by Anderson University, California Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Union University. The website provides tools and resources for those who have been called to ministry or are exploring a call.

Explore Your Call is an Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) ministry that partners with local church leadership to call out, affirm, and prepare the next generation of church leaders.