Monday 20 June 2016

Who needs a theological education?

I often get asked whether pastors need a theological education. Here’s how I answered that question last week:

I think the best way to answer that is actually to ask a different question: Does the church need a theological education? The answer to that is, surely, yes. Every New Testament book is a theological education for the church, helping it to grasp the implications of what God has done in Christ. So then, if the church needs a theological education, what does that mean for her leaders? 

If that’s a helpful way to think about it, then we’re not just talking about one or two verses in the Pastoral Epistles about pastors needing to be “able to teach.” The whole NT demands and models theological leadership.