Why Seminaries Must Do More Than Teach Preaching

How can the effectiveness of a theological seminary be assessed? Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) recently hosted a conference organized by Overseas Council, where this question was asked. It has often been assumed that seminaries train pastors to preach,...

What’s the Key to Successful Church Ministry?

Graduation week at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is an occasion that puts me in a reflective mood. In 1970, it was me, and the world was changing. Rapidly. But since the church in general and Baptists in particular tend to lag at least several decades...

5 Skills Required for Today’s Ministers

Several blog writers that I follow have recently posted observations about the needs of pastoral leaders in the contemporary setting and in the coming years. They have asked questions like, “What are the competencies required?”¬†and “What type of...