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Exploring the Life and Calling


Fortress Press 2014

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Author and professor Gary Black asserts that the most important aspect of training for vocational ministry is knowing and applying Christian theology. Theology must be woven throughout the entire seminary curriculum—biblical exegesis, ministerial leadership, spiritual formation, counseling, preaching, and worship.

Black honors ministers as leaders who follow in the footsteps of Christ. Jesus was an expert in the issues of his day, demonstrated authority, mentored other leaders, inspired his disciples to imitate his life, and instigated a spiritual revolution—and Black says ministers of the gospel have received the same calling. Black’s practical wisdom and theological commitments provide a firm, guiding hand for those just beginning their journey toward vocational ministry.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

For more encouragement in your pursuit of vocational ministry, check out the Studies on Vocation and Ministry collection.

Key Features

  • Argues that understanding and applying theology is the most important part of ministry training
  • Asserts that theology must be woven throughout the seminary curriculum
  • Presents Jesus’ life and ministry as a model for ministers


  • The Calling of a Professional Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Defining Our Praxis
  • Praxis One: Our Spiritual Life
  • Praxis Two: A Life of Meditation and Contemplation
  • Praxis Three: An Embodied Faith
  • Praxis Four: Life Together in the Flock of the Good Shepherd
  • Praxis Five: Leaders as Apprentices to Jesus
  • Forging Ahead

Praise for the Print Edition

Black presents a renewed and stirring vision of theological education that is able to produce men and women who intimately know about life in the Kingdom of God. Our world is desperate for this.

—Kent Carlson, senior pastor, Oak Hills Church

Gary Black Jr. continues to plow new ground for the field of theological education.

—David Fitch, Betty R. Lidner Professor of Theology, Northern Seminary

If a new generation of leaders were animated by this compelling vision of spiritual leadership it would revolutionize the church and our world.

—Mark Scandrette, founding director, ReIMAGINE

This book needs to be in the hands of every seminary student, seminary professor, pastor, and church staff person.

—Nancy Ortberg, leadership development, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Gary’s work offers a clear look at what it means to study the divine, but more importantly, he sets a practical course for those who long to experience the fullness of life in ministry.

—Rachel Triska, executive director, Life in Deep Ellum

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About Gary Black Jr.

Gary Black Jr. is chair of the advanced studies department, director of the doctor of ministry program, and assistant professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of The Theology of Dallas Willard: Discovering Protoevangelical Faith.

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