Most people are out of vocational ministry within three years of seminary. I don’t think it is because they can’t preach, can’t explain Romans, do not know how to share the gospel, etc. I think it is because they are not prepared for half the job. These people get out of seminary and get blindsided by reality.
Deepak Reju shares on his blog 17 things that seminary never taught him:
1. How to tell a man his wife just died.
2. How to tell a couple they should not get married.
3. How to tell a staff member he is fired.
4. How to tell my wife that I am depressed.
5. How to tell someone that he or she is foolish.
6. How to encourage someone who has given up on life.
7. How to plead with a man to stay with his wife.
8. How to give comfort to a woman whose husband just left her.
9. How to give comfort to a mother who just suffered a miscarriage.
10. How to navigate the IRS tax code for pastors.
11. How to chair an elders’ meeting.
12. How to organize and manage a church budget.
13. How to balance church responsibilities with family life.
14. How to do a wedding and a funeral.
15. How to administer the Lord’s Supper.
16. How to best use technology for the sake of the kingdom.
17. How to shield my kids from the pressures of being a PK.
Any of you guys get a class in any of this stuff? I bet most people in vocational ministry are not stressed about their sermon this week, but are stressed about at least two or three of the things on this list.