Called and Educated, but Unprepared
Jack has faithfully served God for years. It was no surprise to those who knew him when he felt God had called him to become a Pastor. Jack thought he should attend Bible College to properly prepare for the new role God had placed upon him.
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Ministry, Jack accepted the role of Senior Pastor in a little country Church in the Midwest. All was fine until the first Board Meeting. Nothing he learned in Bible College prepared him for the hostilities that would arise in that meeting. That is when Jack turned to us—the number one Church Management firm in the USA. We knew the dilemma with which he struggled and offered the necessary solutions to his problems.
Just like Jack, when a Christian enters the ministry he or she feels the necessity to prepare for God’s Call spiritually and educationally. To fulfill the later many attend a Bible College or Seminary. After all, a Pastor should be prepared for the demands that ministry places upon him or her. With Degrees in Bible and Theology, you would think they would be prepared for ministry.
Unfortunately, most Pastors are in the same category. Bible College teaches all of the “ologies,” i.e. Angelology, Eschatology, Soteriology, etc. but not the things a Pastor needs. All of those are great, but Bible Colleges and Seminaries need to develop a class in “Pastorology.” Most Pastors leave Bible College to enter pulpits across America, but have no idea as to how to conduct a Board Meeting.