what seminary doesn't teach:
Seminaries teach great things: Bible foundations, theology,
ministry skills, counseling skills and understanding of the culture. But there
are insights into church life that seminaries do not pass on. Perhaps
they are things that must be discovered rather that taught. Here's a list of a few...
You can be as faithful and caring as you can be
and some people will still not like you. In fact, God calls you to be faithful
not to be liked.
Over time the natural inclination for both
pastors and leaders is to settle. The call from God is to continue to
climb the mountain.
Churches tend to forget their mission. Vision
needs to be rehearsed or it will leak.
People will want to make church the place to get
their needs met. But it's the leader's job to help them see that the
mission is much greater than that.
The more faithful that church leaders try to be,
the more resistance they will meet.
There is hardly ever enough money or staff to do
everything that needs to be done. If there is, you aren't doing all
you're being called to do.
What you learned in seminary or Bible College
will not be enough. It's the beginning, not the end of your study.
The larger and more complex your church becomes,
the more focused and simple your strategy needs to become.
Sometimes you need to lose people to gain more.
God prunes, why wouldn't he prune our churches?
Church problems do not always come from poor
planning or bad execution, but bad communication.
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