Field Notes – 18/10/W
“Packer said (in 2006) that there are “10 Disciplines for the Minister-Theologian to master:
2. Biblical Theology
3. Historical Theology
4. Systematic or Dogmatic Theology
9. Liturgy (study of worship)
10. Ministry (dealing with souls by preaching & walking with sheep, etc.)”
A standard for every Church and Bible College training pastors:
“We will not let any student graduate that we would not want to lead our sons or our daughters. Simple as that. If we would not trust them with our own children’s souls, we will not trust them with yours.” (David Murray)
“The seminary, has professors who devote themselves to a level of study and teaching that isn’t possible for a single pastor.” (Mark Rogers)
“Young preachers, new preachers, preach bad sermons.
They preach bad sermons as they learn to preach good sermons.
And in some ways, those bad sermons serve as a mark of a church’s health and strength because they prove that the church is fulfilling its mandate to raise up the next generation of preachers and the one after that.
They prove that the church refuses to be so driven by a desire to display excellence that they will not risk the occasional dud.
They prove that the congregation is mature enough to endure and even appreciate these first, messy attempts.
There is hidden beauty, hidden value, in these bad sermons.”