I’m writing from my perspective. Obviously many of you had much different experiences. Here’s a short list of what I didn’t learn in seminary.
- Believe it or not, I never had a class on how to do a wedding or funeral.
- We never looked at how to manage a budget, lead a board meeting, recruit volunteers, raise money, hire and fire staff, or design church facilities.
- I only took one class on preaching. In my opinion, we should have been required to take at least three if we were hoping to be a senior pastor.
- We didn’t study any thoughts on kids’ ministry, student ministry, missions, or small groups.
- Although my time in seminary predated the need, I think all schools today should teach pastors how to leverage technology in the church.
For those of you that attended Bible School or Seminary, what skills were overlooked in your preparation?