Now That I'm Called
As a woman in the church, it's difficult to know what it means to say "I'm called to ministry." Whether you have been wrestling with that calling for years or are just starting to ask what it means, Now That I'm Called will provide you with guidance and direction on your journey. Perhaps you are feeling the Holy Spirit leading you toward vocational ministry but are unsure of what that means or if you are hearing the voice of the Lord correctly. This book will help you answer these questions and serve as a guide as you walk down this new and unfamiliar path.
Author Kristen Padilla answers questions like:
- What does the Bible say about ministerial calling?
- Can I, as a woman, be called to gospel ministry?
- What is the difference between spiritual gifts and ministerial roles within the church?
- Is there value in obtaining a theological education?
- Should I go to a Bible college, seminary, or divinity school, and what is the difference between these three?
- What is the value in having a ministerial mentor and doing internships?
- What if I feel called to ministry but do not know what type of ministry?
Each chapter ends with further questions, exercises, assignments, and stories of real women doing vocational ministry. This is a book that will prepare you for a lifetime of vocational service to God. You will walk away with a biblical understanding of ministerial calling and a robust view of women in gospel ministry, as well as practical tools to help you pursue God's call for your life.
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"Now That I Am Called is a manifesto of encouragement for women who seek to follow Christ in vocational ministry. Personally disclosive and theologically rich, it doesn’t dodge the tough issues but approaches them with humility, sensitivity, and biblical depth. This is Kristen Padilla’s first book, but I bet it won’t be her last. She has something to say the church needs to hear."
—Dr. Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"This is the exact book that I have always wanted to give to my female students. I can teach them about calling and ministry, but, because of my male biology, I cannot truly counsel women on how to traverse the distinctive challenges they will face as they discern their own call to gospel ministry. Thankfully Kristen Padilla has done that for us! Here is a book that includes a wonderful biblical exposition of the theme of a “call” to ministry, lots of biographical stories about women who have gone into ministry, and some great tips on how to find your place in the harvest of gospel workers. This is simply mandatory reading for anyone contemplating going to seminary or engaging in ministry."
—Dr. Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
"Kristen Padilla offers an encouraging and carefully-written work to help women thoughtfully discern their calling, to consider what their calling might look like in practical ministry terms, and ways into preparation for that ministry. She surveys biblical women whose ministries testified to God’s call in their lives, and introduces contemporary women who illustrate the same work of God in today’s contexts. Padilla handles the Biblical text carefully and responsibly, offering Christ-focused explanations, without shying away from difficult texts. She is empathetic, methodical, and a wonderfully patient guide.”
—Dr. Stefana Dan Laing, Assistant Professor and Theological Librarian at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
"My first reaction to this book was how much I wish I had it when I felt called to ministry as a teenager! Kristen Padilla covers important controversies and practicalities related to women in ministry, and her greatest strengths are the emphasis on the biblical view of calling and the examples of women serving in different ministerial contexts, broadening your perspective of what vocational opportunities exist. Whether you are a woman who feels called or a mentor to women, this is a go-to resource to walk you through a vocational calling to ministry.”
—Courtney Trotter, Youth Director at The Gathering Church, Durham, North Carolina
“I’m always on the lookout for books I can recommend which challenge the threadbare assumption that the New Testament clearly limits a person’s role in ministry if she lacks a Y chromosome. I need books written by authors who disprove the notion that anyone who challenges our cultural interpretation about women in the ministry must not love the Lord or follow his Word. On the other hand, I want a book that is not full of sarcasm or on the attack: one that, instead, gets beyond the debate to patiently and reasonably guide women through what the Bible says about their call to ministry. Kristen Padilla’s Now That I’m Called is that book. It is not only what I will recommend to my students but also what I’ll buy for my daughter.”
—Dr. Joseph R. Dodson, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University
“Kristen Padilla discusses this important issue in the correct manner: from the Bible, with an emphasis on the Bible’s original languages and contexts, and with a heart for ministry rather than controversy. She represents many other women who have had similar experiences. This volume is much needed, for conservative, moderate, and liberal Christians all seem confused about the nature and importance of rigorous theological training for women who teach the Bible in homes, churches, and academic settings. The book will prove especially helpful for young people struggling to find biblical vocations in a non-committal age.”
—Dr. Paul House, Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama