15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me
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Some lessons can’t be learned in a classroom.
A seminary education is immensely valuable, offering theological preparation, spiritual formation, and wise mentoring. But many new pastors are discouraged when the realities of their first call don’t line up with what they came to expect from assigned readings and classroom discussions.
Bridging the gap between seminary training and real life in a local church, fifteen veteran pastors and ministry leaders offer advice and encouragement related to a host of real-world issues, such as leading congregations through seasons of suffering, handling conflict, accepting a call, leaving a church, and more.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
- Knowledge and Credentials Aren’t Enough
Jeff Robinson Sr.
- What to Do When My Church Is Dying
- How to Shepherd My Wife
Daniel L. Akin
- How to Pastor People Who Are Different from Me
- How to Follow My Lead Pastor When We Disagree
- How to Lead My Leaders
- How to Raise My Kids to Love the Church Matt McCullough
- How to Shepherd My Congregation through Seasons of Suffering
- When to Accept a Call or Leave My Church Harry L. Reeder
- How to Handle Conflict
- The Need to Fight for My Relationship with God
- The Time It Takes to Become a Shepherd
Dale Van Dyke
- The Temptation to Make a Name for Myself Scott Sauls
- The Joy I Can Know over a Long Tenure
Phil A. Newton
- What to Do When No Church Hires Me
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