The once-strong commitment by local churches to test and affirm men who possess the gifts and godly character suitable for the work of full-time Christian ministry (the "external call") has practically vanished today. Who is responsible for affirming, or, if necessary, dissuading men who desire the work of the ministry? What qualifies a man to receive the external call? How should local churches go about evaluating would-be preachers in their midst? The aim of this book is to challenge local churches, relieve seminaries of other para-church 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.