Perhaps you graduated from a Bible College or Seminary. You may have a bachelor’s degree, Master of Arts, or Master of Divinity. Maybe you took some quality correspondence courses about the Bible and how to do ministry. Or, you might have attended conferences or maybe ongoing ministry training through your church. One would think you’d be prepared for ministry having studied for it but can you ever truly be prepared?
So often a great divide exists between book learning and real life ministry. Even if you were blessed to have taken courses with practical assignments, projects, and other hands-on learning experiences, you undoubtedly still were not prepared for everything you would encounter in ministry. Can you ever truly be prepared?
We need to understand the basics like . . .
- God’s Purpose for the Church to love Him with all our hearts and to love others.
- God’s Design for the Church to function interdependently as a body.
- God’s Heart for the Church that we be Christ-like in both character and conduct.
- God’s Mission for the Church to go and make disciples.
- God’s Power for the Church to accomplish all we do by and through His strength and His resources.
But, how do these principles apply to the particulars in ministry?
The Practicum at TrainChurchLeaders.com seeks to help us examine the connection between what we know about from God’s Word and specific tasks and issues church leaders face. Even still, within the areas being covered in the Practicum can you ever truly be prepared for real life situations?
While learning God’s Word is important (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17) and getting equipped for ministry (Eph. 4:11-12) is needed, no amount of training will ever thoroughly prepare us. Always remember that our backgrounds and education are not the Rock on which we stand. Our knowledge and ability to articulate what we know are not the Source of power by which we effectively serve.
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Ps. 61:2)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:5-6)
Jesus said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5)
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)