Monday, September 06, 2010
The continuing education of a pastor
It is accepted that an MDiv will not give you everything you need to be a pastor. Too much is needed.
Continuing education is essential for pastors who want to improve their ability to serve in a complex profession. Motivational leadership speeches and reading books are not enough. Pastors need certificate granting courses that will expand their knowledge and fill in the gaps in their formal education.
I have recently enrolled in a UIC online course on grant writing. It is designed to help my church attract funding for community ministries. Having majored in Psychology in college and Pastoral work in seminary, I feel I need to improve my business skills to effectively lead my church.
In the past I have taken graduate courses in human resources and management and pursued certificate programs in public relations and emotional intelligence.
I encourage all pastors to continue to grow in their core competencies first but stretch a little bit with computer, language, business or other practical areas.
“Wise men store up knowledge...” Proverbs 10:14