Ministry Reading List

This reading list is intended for those in Anglican ministry or those interested in ministry, for self study or for use in ministering to the flock. It is not a replacement for a serious seminary program.

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  • Packer, J. I. The Heritage of Anglican Theology. Wheaton: Crossway, 2021.

Discerning a Call to Ordained Ministry

  • Allen, Jason K. Discerning Your Call to Ministry. Chicago: Moody, 2016.
  • Harman, Allan. Preparation for Ministry. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2015.
  • Mohler, Al et al. The Call to Ministry. Louisville: SBTS Press, 2013.


  • Bray, Gerald, editor. The Books of Homilies: A Critical Edition. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2015.
  • Bray, Gerald. The Faith we Confess: An Exposition Of The Thirty-Nine Articles. London: The Latimer Trust, 2009.
  • Packer, J. I. Affirming the Apostles’ Creed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008.
  • Packer, J. I. Concise Theology. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House, 1993.
  • Stott, John. Basic Christianity. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • Thomas, W. H. Griffith. The Principles of Theology: An Introduction to the Thirty-Nine Articles. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1930.


  • Burkhill, Mark. “Better Bishops,” Church Society. [online text]
  • Benn, Wallace. “Evangelical Episcopacy.” In Positively Anglican: Building on the Foundations and Transforming the Church, edited by Lee Gatiss, 43-53. London: Lost Coin Books, 2016.
  • Benn, Wallace. “Ussher on Bishops: A Reforming Ecclesiology.” In Preachers, Pastors, and Ambassadors: Puritan Wisdom for Today’s Church, edited by Lee Gatiss, 98-121. London: The Latimer Trust, 2011.
  • Cummins, George D. “Primitive Episcopacy: A Return to the ‘Old Paths’ of Scripture and the Early Church.” Sermon, Consecration of the Rev. Charles Edward Cheney, Chicago, Illinois, December 17, 1873. [online text]
  • Gatiss, Lee. “Evangelicals and Their Bishops: The Role of Bishops and How We Should Relate to Them.” Brief, Church Society Regional Conferences, February 2020.
  • Girdlestone, R.B., H.C.G. Moule, and T.W. Drury. English Church Teaching. London: Charles Murray, 1898. 178-190. [online text]
  • Holloway, David. “The Reform of the Episcopate and Alternative Episcopal Oversight,” Church Society. [online text]
  • Hunkin, J.W. “The Anglican Pattern of Episcopacy.” The Churchman 62, no. 2 (1948): 89-94. [online text]
  • Ussher, James. “The Original of Bishops and Metropolitans.” In The Whole Works of the Most Rev. James Ussher, vol. VII, edited by Charles Erlington, 43-71. Dublin: Hodges, Smith, & Co., 1864. [online text]

Ordained Ministry

  • Atherstone, Andrew. The Anglican Ordinal. London: The Latimer Trust, 2020.
  • Atkinson, Nigel. “Ordination in the Church of England.” In Feed My Sheep: the Anglican Ministry of Word and Sacrament, edited by Lee Gatiss, 51–69. London: Lost Coin Books, 2016.
  • Baxter, Richard. Pastoral Ministry. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2010.
  • Beckwith, Roger. Elders in Every City. Carlisle, U.K.: Paternoster Press, 2003.
  • White, William. “On the Qualifications, the Authorities, and the Duties of the Gospel Ministry.” Sermon, Consecration of the Rt. Rev. Bishop Parker of Massachusetts, New York, September 14, 1804. [online text]


  • Begg, Alistair. Preaching for God’s Glory. Wheaton: Crossway, 1999.
  • McIlvaine, Charles P. Preaching Christ: The Heart of Gospel Ministry. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2003. [online text]
  • Pace, R. Scott. Preaching by the Book: Developing and Delivering Text-Driven Sermons. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2018.
  • Ryle, J. C. Simplicity in Preaching. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2010. [Chapter 3 from The Upper Room: online text]


  • Ryle, J. C. Worship: Its Priority, Principles, and Practice. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2005. [Chapter 13 from Knots Untied: online text]

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