Have you heard any positive words lately? I use this question because, unfortunately, ministers often hear more negative than positive words. These negative words come from numerous sources. First, there are the negative, condemning words that sometimes flow from our own hearts.
Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, we are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.
Are you Superman? Do you think you can accomplish everything by yourself? We’ve all fallen into this temptation from time to time. It’s another lesson they don’t teach us in seminary. When we come to the point of saying, “I can’t do it by myself,” it is usually after a period of frustration, overwork and stress. That is when we realize we are not Superman and that we do need support.
Editor’s Note: For the next several weeks, we are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.)
Have you ever been misunderstood? When Saddleback Church was in her early days, I went to one of their leadership conferences. I had no intention of copying their style, plan or methods. I merely wanted to learn from them. After I made the trip and returned home, several church members accused me of desiring to transform our church into a Saddleback. They misunderstood!
(Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary - Part 2)
Have you ever gotten yourself in trouble, because of you? There are times when our personality or character, and our management of them, can get us in trouble. Pride, personality, morality, anger and relational issues are just a few examples of things that can land you in hot water. Most seminaries do not offer specific studies to teach you to how to cope with such issues.
Editor’s Note: For the next three months we will share a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary,” written by Tim Patrick. These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.
Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 1
When I was twenty-one I finished college. At about the same time I submitted to God’s call to ministry. This was an interesting transition. My college training was in agriculture! I must admit, I knew more about agriculture information than the Bible. Seminary offered special training that enabled me to make the transition from agriculture to ministry.
The title of this article seems to represent the thoughts of a liberal thinker. That is not the case! It was Jesus’ apostles who had these thoughts! Yes, Jesus’ handpicked, chosen apostles/disciples. Consider the context. After the resurrection a group of ladies, “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women” reported the empty tomb to Jesus’ disciples. (Luke 24:10) The first response of Jesus’ disciples was that the report was “idle tales” (KJV) or seemed to be “nonsense” (HCSV). In fact, the disciples were unmoved by the report. The Bible tells us they did not believe the report.
One of the most discouraging seasons of leadership is when people will not follow. Such disheartening situations can be the actual facts or they can be our perception of the facts. Regardless of the reason we need to examine the cold hard facts of this problem.
I recently presented a new idea concerning the youth ministry at our church. I used the following protocol in presenting the idea: I presented the idea to my pastor, then to the youth workers, and finally I met with the parents. After working this process my ideas flew to a successful destination.
Who has influenced your thinking as a Bible student? Up until the time I went to seminary, I had accepted an interpretation of Revelation based on my religious training and heritage. At seminary I adopted a new interpretation of Revelation based on the teachings of a professor. The professor greatly influenced my thinking.