The Most Pressing Need

for 21st Church Leaders

February 10, 2020

By C.K.Heath

I graduated from seminary in 1996 with two master degrees. I believe that at the time, that I received the best and most current of theological training at that time. I also believe that the committee that prepared me for ordination were persons of character, commitment, and conviction when it came to preparing future leaders.

As I reflect over nearly three decades of ministry, I firmly believe that it is long past time for further personal development. I completed a doctorate several years ago. It caused me to think more deeply about the needs of the church only to conclude that the church and seminary is not as current with present day needs of the church. The end result is that many individuals lack the tools to be as proficient as they need to be to handle present ministry expectations.

I firmly believe that both church committees and schools for theological education are in need of preparing people for the 21st century. When it comes to church administration, business, and current issues, we have fallen behind. Our ability to work under the current trends and daily pressures create many frustrations for persons especially serving in the pulpit. We all need better preparation for today's ministries. What are your thoughts?