By Bruce Raley
Many professions today require ongoing training. Certified professional accountants are required to have a certain number of hours of training each year. These CPAs set aside days away from the office, as well as budgeted funds, to ensure they stay up-to-date on the latest tax laws, regulations, and accounting practices. Schoolteachers usually have in-service days prior to the school year for several hours of training. Nurses, pharmacists, and numerous other occupations require annual training.
How much more should be required of those who have the responsibility to lead the spiritual development ministries of the church? If accountants, teachers, and nurses are required to have continuous training and learning, should not also pastors, music ministers, education leaders, student and children’s ministers, Sunday School leaders, and others?
Training should be an integral part of the annual plans for every church staff member and Bible teacher. That training could take place in a variety of venues. There are numerous workshops that address specialized subjects, such as small group ministry, counseling, age group ministry, administration, or dozens of other ministry-related topics. Other training options include peer-to-peer dialogue sessions—the privilege of learning from the experience and ideas of other church leaders with similar challenges. Some venues accommodate just a few people while others offer large auditoriums or coliseums with thousands in attendance.
Regardless of the size, subject, or even venue, the benefits of training are crucial to ongoing ministry:
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!