“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly… for a bishop [elder] must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”
“A bishop [elder] then must be… not a novice…”
1 Tim. 3:2,6
“But when it pleased God, who… called me [apostle Paul] by his grace… that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia… then after three years I went up to Jerusalem…”
Order of Contents
Church of Scotland – A Humble Acknowledgement of the Sins of Those Preparing for Ministry (1651)
Those preparing for the ministry, try yourselves by this heart searching and convicting piece, and look to Christ for more grace to walk worthily of Him.
Johnston of Warriston, Archibald & Matthew Vogan – ‘Discerning a Call to Secular Service’ at Reformation Scotland
Henry, Matthew – Matthew Henry’s Self-Examination Before Ordination, †1714, 13 pp. being questions Henry put to himself before his ordination.
Thoughts on the Education of Pious and Indigent Candidates of the Ministry, 1846, 12 pp.
An Address to Candidates for the Ministry: on the Importance of aiming at Eminent Piety in making their Preparation for the Sacred Office, 1832, 20 pp.
Cunningham, William – An Introduction to Theological Studies, Buy chapters 1-7 of his Theological Lectures, 100 pp.
Dabney, Robert – What is a Call to the Ministry? no date or source info
Are you called to the Ministry? Read this to find out.
Hodge, Charles – On the Necessity of the Knowledge of the Original Languages of the Scriptures, 1832, 18 pp.
The Duty of the Church to Take Measures for Providing an Able and Faithful Ministry, 2 Tim. 2:2: a Sermon Delivered at Princeton, Aug. 12th, 1812, at the Inauguration of the Rev. Archibald Alexander, D.D. as Professor, 1812, 47 pp.
A very fitting text and subject for the opening of the first presbyterian school to train pastors for the Christian ministry in America, by he who would later become Princeton’s second professor.
The importance of a thorough and adequate course of preparatory study for the holy ministry, 1832, 37 pp.