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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10 Ways to Love Your Pastor

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pastor-stress-“How can I keep doing this?” the man said to himself as he opened the door to his study. It was Monday morning, and only six more days til he had to preach… again. He was battle wearied and tired, feeling as though he aged a life-time, almost in his own twilight zone. Time stood still as the world rushed past. He had only been in the ministry five years, but was already thinking of quitting. “What am I going to do?” he thought. “What can I do?” He sat down behind his desk and buried his head in his hands.… Continue reading

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