I’m glad you asked. Well…maybe you didn’t ask, but several others have, including Joseph Gould, one of the writers for Standing on the Shoulders blog. Joseph posted a recent interview he did with me inquiring why I wrote Test, Train, Affirm and Send into Ministry: Recovering the local church’s responsibility to the external call. Here is a portion of the interview:
Joseph Gould: Can you describe your book in 2-3 sentences?
Brian Croft: The aim of this book is to challenge local churches, relieve seminaries and other parachurch organizations of unnecessary pressures, and restore a vision for the biblical responsibility that God has placed solely upon his redeemed people within the local church. I also hope that an individual would have his internal call affirmed more so in his own life.
JG: Why did you feel the need to write this book?
BC: In local churches, there seems to be an absence of a clear and proper way to train and affirm men for ministry. The typical way someone feels called is mystical and subjective. It is all placed on an individual to evaluate himself.
As I studied this issue through looking at scripture and church history, I came to the conclusion that it was a very opposite reality only a few hundred years ago. It seems something that scripture and history clearly taught has vanished in the last hundred years, and we have seen the ramifications of this as men who have not been properly affirmed for ministry have seriously grieved the church.
Ultimately, I wanted to convey that God’s call to the ministry is tangible and objective. And it is the responsibility of the local church, not the seminary or parachurch, to confirm someone…
You can read the interview in its entirety as well as register to receive a free copy of the book here. Deadline to register for the book giveaway is Tuesday night.