Seminary President Jason Allen Releases ‘Letters to My Students’ a Guide for Ministers

Through the years, Jason Allen has kept up with his correspondence and questions about ministry — some of it in the form of letters, emails, classroom lectures, phone conversations, or conference sermons and presentations.

This material helped fuel a new book project, “Letters to My Students,” authored by Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. B&H Publishing released the book July 30.

Allen noted his interest in and interactions with the book “Lectures to My Students,” by renowned British pastor Charles H. Spurgeon, helped inspire the 175-page work. The new book is the first of a three-volume series that aims to provide a biblical, accessible guide for ministers and ministers-in-training.

This first volume, “On Preaching,” focuses on bringing both biblical and practical wisdom to bear on the minister’s responsibility of preaching.

Within the book, Allen explains in three broader categories how one prepares for the calling to preach, how the preacher then prepares his sermons, and lastly how the preacher progresses and grows in the art of preaching.

Ultimately, Allen said, his goal in penning this first volume is to provide pastors, in any phase of their ministries but particularly those in the early stages, with advice and guidance about the most crucial aspect of their ministries — preaching.

Allen explained that as time has passed and his ministry has progressed, certain questions on the topic of preaching continually arise.

“Answers to these questions have found their way into my class lectures, and still others have migrated all the way to my website, where I often write on preaching and pastoral ministry,” he said.

“In my role as a seminary president, I’m now giving my life to equipping those called by God for more faithful and effective ministry,” he said. “While that preparation is essential, it doesn’t end when one walks across the graduation stage. Growing in ministry is a lifelong pursuit and growing as a preacher is to be the same. This book is intended to help its readers toward these ends.”

Allen also noted he is an inquisitive person, and early in his ministry he had mentors who answered his many queries and pointed him to others who could do the same. He now often finds himself on the other end of such questions and conversations. So, in compiling these questions, and his responses, he desires to impact the lives of his readers in the same way his mentors impacted him.

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Source: Baptist Press