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Pastorship: Is a Degree or License Really Necessary to Lead?

Teaching is a vital aspect of life and the continuation of good morals, life lessons, and the positive influence of our youth. We have the ability to alter someone else’s life by properly educating and correctly delivering the message of Christ. A teacher’s effectiveness is only as strong as his learning ability. As I grow in the word of God, I notice a high increase of non-believers in our community – primarily in our youth. This makes me question if there is something lacking from our teachers. I’m referring specifically to the teachers of the gospel of Christ.

From engaging in conversation with many of these people who have given up on the word or have yet to explore it, I have noticed a common factor in each one’s argument. Most state that they have had a bad experience with believers or have been discouraged by observing their hypocrisy in relation to the lifestyles they lead. I’ve also observed many who have no discernment abilities and those who have taken someone else’s misinterpretation of the word. The bible teaches us to lean not on our own understanding because we lack the wisdom to think on the level of God, so we must have spiritual discernment of the word.


The relation between this issue and our teachers is a relative one. I’ve personally observed many individuals who have had great intentions, yet lacked the wisdom or communication skills to deliver sound doctrine to our youth. I worked in a detention center where many ministries visited but struggled to grasp the youth’s attention. Jesus had the wisdom and divine ability to elaborate on the gospel in a way that even the most simple could understand through parabolic preaching. It’s a very vibrant and interesting gospel but sometimes our teaching methods can dull it down.

It takes a thorough understanding of the gospel’s overview to reach someone, rather than just a few scriptures. This way the message can be harmonious throughout the teaching. I was shocked when I found out that people go to colleges to be licensed as preachers or ministers. The Bible shows that teachers were called by God and none of them had degrees. I don’t feel there is any thing wrong with studying the bible in school, my quarrel is with school education being a determining factor in someone’s discernment of the gospel. Teachers need to be called by God and should be implementing the gospel’s lessons into their own lives, not teaching solely from intelligence.

It’s imperative that we are capable of correctly learning before teaching others. This is vital in spreading the word of God. I also believe in advising those who don’t believe to actually seek for themselves and not allow one person to ruin their outlook on the blessings of our God. Just because you see that one individual living contrary to what he or she teaches, doesn’t mean that you can discredit the gospel itself. You can’t judge the word of God by the people. It would be wise to judge the people by the word of God.

In conclusion, we must all be accountable for how we teach and what we teach. In addition to having good mentors, new converts should also be seeking God diligently for themselves. This is a personal journey and relationship and no one will enter the Kingdom through another human. God Bless

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About Charles Russell

Charles Russell is a minister from Daytona Beach, FL. & has been working directly with troubled youth as a counselor for 9 years. He has obtained a plethora of experience communicating the word of God to children and adults. With a strong zeal for study and mentoring, he is now walking into his true calling as a pastor and teacher. Charles has now learned how to efficaciously utilize his gifts of music, exegetical teaching, graphic design, public speaking, writing, and youth mentoring as platforms to herald the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, he is a husband and father.

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