Resources for Students

Resources for Pastors

Other Resources


  • Discerning Your Call To Ministry by Jason Allen (a great read on how to understand if God is truly calling you into ministry by the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • The Call by David Nasser and Brent Crowe (God is Calling Will You Answer)
  • Is God Calling Me? by Jeff Iorg (another excellent, quick look at discerning if God is calling you into the ministry by the president of Gateway Seminary)
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney (Whitney outlines the spiritual disciplines that every Christian should be practicing and those called to ministry should be setting the example)
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (a book and online survey to determine your strengths which guides you to focus on them rather than your weaknesses)

Blog Posts

  • Are You Called? by R. Albert Mohler Jr. (a post on Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s blog about the call to ministry within your spirit and the call that the church places on your life.  There is also a free download of Dr. Mohler’s book The Call to Ministry)
  • Am I Called by Joshua Hedger (a post on Plant Midwest’s blog about Charles Spurgeon’s four point test of pastoral calling)
  • Should I go to Seminary? by Stuart Owens (a post on the decision to go to seminary for theological education)
  • Five Really Bad Reasons for Entering the Ministry by Thom Rainer (both a podcast and blog)


  • THE GRIND (a podcast by the Church Planting Team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention for the purpose of encouraging and training those called to plant churches)
  • RAINER ON LEADERSHIP (a podcast by Thom Rainer the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in which he discusses healthy church leadership)