Do you know how your church leader was trained? Maybe you know what college or seminary they went to? Perhaps you know what courses they’ve attended or even what books they’re reading to keep up with their studies.
Christians have a long record of taking education seriously and for training their leaders to understand the Scriptures and with good Biblical precedent. Just consider these verses from second Timothy: 2 Tim 1:13, 2 Tim 2:2, 2 Tim 3:16-17. In the context of false teaching, Paul stresses the importance to Timothy of knowing his stuff.
So when you consider training Christian leaders what do you imagine? My guess is that, for most people they would picture a classroom setting with earnest students learning Greek and Hebrew, and important subjects like Biblical Theology etc.. My guess is you probably imagine something close to a university. What you imagine is the transfer of information and knowledge from a group of clever people to your church leader and then hope for the best. Continue reading