The secret, according to Martin, is not what a leader does but how he thinks.This got me thinking about how some people view theology, seminary training, and the practice of ministry. They seem to think that they are contradictory. Seminary trained ministers can't possibly be good at ministry and innovative. Theological thinkers can be good at the practics. Those who are good at the practics can't be good at the other two.
Martin’s leaders don’t approach decisions as most of us do as a series of mutually exclusive options: Pick option A and forget about option B. Like a creative strategist, they integrate seemingly contradictory options and in doing so create a new perspective. Think of the idea of selling software for free but making money on the services. That's the synthesis of two contradictory ideas -- free products but a profitable service component.
Ultimately, Martin’s leaders are not content to settle. Rather than accept “unattractive trade-offs,” they welcome the challenge to make the world better. They’re drivers of change.
So here is what I am thinking...What if we somehow created a ministry training program that allowed people to be both theologically trained AND good at the practics? What if we had pastors who really were good at both?
I am unwilling to accept the "unattractive trade-offs" of being just a good practician or just a seminary trained minister. I want them both. I always have. That is why I worked in the local church at the same time I earned my degrees. I want to integrate the two in such a way as to create a "new perspective."