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It’s Worth a Life (Cogdill)


Read about God’s call, including how and when God calls. Notice similarities to your own experience. Discover differences in how God has called you relative to others, since God’s call is personal to our individual lives.

Michael G. Cogdill is Founding Dean and Professor of Church Leadership at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Dr. Cogdill is known for his engaging and thoughtful style of preaching and teaching. He has served North Carolina Baptist churches, students, and families for more than four decades as a pastor, professor, and speaker.

Dr. Cogdill was selected as Campbell Divinity School’s first dean when the school opened in 1996. Prior to appointment as dean, he was Chairman of the University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy. Through the years, he has served two churches as pastor and more than twenty churches as interim pastor. He preaches weekly and seeks to lead and encourage church-es as well as men and women in ministry.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Cogdill holds earned degrees from Mars Hill University, Southeastern Seminary, and North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Gail, have two children and four grandchildren.



It’s Worth a Life: Hearing and Responding to God’s Call

by Michael Cogdill
This book is designed to reach multiple audiences. First, I hope it will be a resource for beginning classes in formal theological education. For students interested in church ministry, I believe an appropriate starting point for theological studies is with a study of God’s call. Such a study at the beginning of an undergraduate or graduate theological degree could serve to inspire students and increase their hunger for greater biblical and theological learning. Students tend to be full of questions regarding God’s call at the beginning of formal theological education, whether undergraduate or graduate.
Second, I want to provide a written resource about God’s call that may be helpful to lay readers as well as to those called to the ministry. In church life, many persons other than clergy feel called to some form of non-ordained ministry or service. Many of the characteristics of God’s call are similar for both groups.
Third, I want this book to be a ready resource for professors, pastors, ministers, and mentors to have available to give to persons seeking their wisdom and counsel relative to God’s call. Many times I have wished I had such a volume at my fingertips to offer to inquiring persons. I hope this book will meet this need.
A theme of personal conviction will provide the foundation for this book. This conviction is that “it is worth a life” to answer God’s call. This is true for persons called to vocational ministry and equally true for those called to ministries not requiring ordination. The call of God is not exclusive to clergy, as special as that call is. God’s call can come to all, and it is worth a life to serve God, whether as an ordained servant or layperson.