Theological Training? Are You Kidding Me?

Okay, so after the last post, let’s talk a bit about theological training. Now, I know this can be a hot potato with many people because the thinking goes somewhere along these lines,

“God called me to minister not to study”
“Theological study kills the spirit”
“God just looks for volunteers”
“why should we study to minister the Word of God”
“There is no room for professionalism in the church”

and I’m sure this list can go on and on…

So, why theological studies? Are we trying to promote an elitist clergy who alone has access to God and His Word? Does studying about God kill your passion for God? I’m not even sure I would want to defend this, but lets just say that when we want to be a pilot, we study. When we want to be an engineer, we study. When we want to be a school teacher, we study. When we want to be anything in life, we study. Why? Because we believe that in order to excel in any area of vocation we require a certain skill for proper execution and application, yet when it comes to administering the Word of God and ministering to his people, we feel that it doesn’t require us to sharpen our skill for proper execution and application.

Sure, Sure, you don’t need to study to tell people about God, but that is not the point here. Go look around and see how many churches, communities and people’s lives have been destroyed or derailed by people parading around as ministers who are not skilled and qualified for proper ministry. Does that mean that when you have studied you won’t mess up? Of course not, because we still find pilots crashing planes, engineers failing in designs, teachers not cutting the grade (no pun intended), so why do we expect ministers to be any different? Is there a different expectation on ministers? If there is then why lower the standard?

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2 thoughts on “Theological Training? Are You Kidding Me?

  1. I like to use the analogy of a surgeon. There is a certain level of in born skill that is needed to be a surgeon that cannot be taught (a steady hand, a steely resolve). You either have it or not. Even so, surgeons need lots of training and education and practice before they do the complicated surgeries. They are dealing with temporary physical bodies. The minister works with people’s eternal souls. Why shouldn’t even more care be exercised with respect to training, even if one is “called” to it? A calling to ministry (or any vocation) is never an excuse to avoid taking it with the utmost seriousness.

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