How much seminary training does a missionary need?

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An old pastors’ adage says, “Those who can’t, go; those who can’t go, teach”—the shortened aphorism for “Those who can’t preach, go to the mission field; those who can’t go to the mission field, teach.” Whoever created this useless and unbiblical proverb deserves appointment as minister of sanitation over church restrooms. This adage contradicts the following truths:

  1. Every man going to the mission field must be able to preach the Word.
  2. No one should go to the mission field as their second or third option for ministry.
  3. Every man who / must be able to preach the Word.
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Essentials in Youth Ministry: pt. 1 – Prayer

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A couple blogs ago, I wrote a blog on a defense of youth ministry. Many people believe youth ministry to be un-helpful, wrong, or un-needed in the church, especially the way that most youth ministry is done today. In this, I would agree that many churches do youth ministry wrong and therefore give youth ministry a bad rap. However, if youth ministry is seen as an arm of the church and the church leadership is committed to making disciples of the youth in their church, then youth ministry is a great ministry. Let me encourage you to go read my blog again and see why I believe youth ministry (when done right) is necessary.… Continue reading

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