This looks like an interesting questions (and ensuing discussion). Check out the source here. (Thanks to R. Scott Clark for the link). Here are some eye-widening thoughts I found interesting and worth refelcting on:
“We all know, and some of us have experienced first hand, the problem of too many pastors for churches in the PCA. Yet, there has been little to no talk about how to address the problem.
We must conclude one of 3 things:
a.) God doesn’t know what he’s doing, because he’s called far more men than we need.b.) The PCA is about to have a major revival, and explode in number of churches.c.) We are judging far more men to be called than are actually called. I vote for c.”
“The weight of presbytery’s approval should not be in favor of, “We’ll ordain you, unless you give us reason not to,” but rather, “We need compelling reason. Prove to us that you are called.” That proof, of course, would come out of possessing Christian maturity, Biblical/theological acumen, pastoral heart, and, above all, the ABILITY TO PREACH. Sorry to shout, but how many guys have we passed along who have little to no skill in this area in clear violation of the Biblical mandate.”
I think I’ve already formulated my own thoughts on the matter, but want to wait and let any of you out there chime in:Are there way too many “called” men in the process of becoming pastors? If so, what should we do about it?