Ever since I read Talbot’s post in February I have been thinking about this book. I have never thought about it really before this but for the last couple of months it has been in my head constantly. Usually, I’ve learned, that tends to be a God thing. So I thought I would toss the idea out to the blogosphere and see what you all think. The paragraph below is kind of a jacket summary of the book.
What do you think…be completely honest. I know a lot depends on the content but I am currently looking at the idea and working through content ideas which I may share at a later day, although I am sure there are somethings in this blog that would make it in there as well. Would love some feedback, brutally honest feedback.
As You Go – Lessons Learned as a Young Clergy
As I graduated seminary I looked forward to doing actual ministry in the real world. I was ready to get my hands dirty and be on the front lines for God. I had heard that seminary only gives you an education and not the actual skills needed for ministry. They, whoever ‘they’ are, were right. The things you learn in seminary do not prepare you for your first church. It trains your mind to think theologically and to do quality exegesis but the nuts and bolts of ministry are learned as you go. When this happens mistakes are often made and in my case I made many of them. The first eight years of ministry I have learned a lot after picking myself up when I have fallen on my face. Within these pages I share some of the mistakes I’ve made not so others just starting out in ministry can avoid them but in order to share the most powerful piece of wisdom I have learned in my short ministry; failure can be the best teacher.