Training Pastors…and Laying on of Hands

As I wrote in my May 14 post, many classes in the seminary need to be re-located. Classes that are by nature reliant upon practice need to be moved. You CANNOT teach preaching in a classroom. It comes by doing it. One of my mentors told me this when I was at Bethlehem. I agree entirely. My preaching has improved as I have given Sunday night devotions at Third Avenue.

You CANNOT teach evangelism. You can teach the content and varied methods of proclaiming the evangel. But this is not sufficient in “teaching” evangelism. That takes place when someone welcomes visitors at church, gets visitor cards from the elders, and calls folk up and meets them for coffee to talk about spiritual matters.

You CANNOT teach leadership. It is learned by following closely behind a leader and then leading yourself. Sure, you can teach methods and theory. This is what the seminary can do.

The problem enters when a congregation believes Sam Seminarian is equipped to lead their church merely because he has a degree. The congregation should be concerned whether Sam is well-trained (able to rightly divide the word of truth). However, they should be even more concerned as to whether the elders at the last church he was a member of have laid their hands on him and blessed him to go.

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