A seminary education is immensely valuable, offering theological preparation, spiritual formation, and wise mentoring. I can’t imagine my ministry without those three years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. And I’m honored today to serve students at Beeson Divinity School as an advisory board member.
But I’ve seen over the years how many recent graduates grow discouraged as new pastors when the realities of their first call don’t line up with what they came to expect from assigned readings and classroom discussions.
Because some lessons just can’t be learned in a classroom. We need help to bridge the gap between seminary training and real life.
I met Jeff Robinson more than five years ago during his first pastorate. And we immediately began to see the need for ourselves and others to equip pastors for the challenges of leading congregations through seasons of suffering, handling conflict, accepting a call, leaving a church, and more.
So it’s my honor to welcome my colleague, TGC senior editor Jeff Robinson, to The Gospel Coalition Podcast to discuss our new book, 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me (Crossway). It’s the first of a series of books from The Gospel Coalition that we hope by God’s grace will make pastors more faithful and effective in discharging their call to the local church. This book draws together insights and experiences from many of our mentors and heroes in ministry, including TGC Council members Albert Mohler, Danny Akin, Harry Reeder, John Onwuchekwa, Vermon Pierre, and Juan Sanchez.
Some lessons just can’t be learned in a classroom. We need help to bridge the gap between seminary training and real life.