“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…”
Alexander, Archibald – Thoughts on the Education of Pious and Indigent Candidates of the Ministry, 1846, 12 pages
Alexander, Archibald – 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 pages
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.
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.
Henry, Matthew – Matthew Henry’s Self-Examination Before Ordination, †1714, 13 pages, being questions Henry put to himself before his ordination.
Hodge, Charles – On the Necessity of the Knowledge of the Original Languages of the Scriptures, 1832, 18 pages
Miller, Samuel – 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 pages
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.
Miller, Samuel – The importance of a thorough and adequate course of preparatory study for the holy ministry, 1832, 37 pages