A recent CBS news show interviewed Jeff Burkhart, a disaster-training specialist, who said:
“Hope is not a plan. Agencies, armies (and I would add organizations) will perform under great stress; they will perform to their lowest level of conditioned training. So the higher you can raise that bar the better the response.”
This applies not only to Navy Seals or Nurses, but also to teachers, athletes, electricians, businessmen, ministers, and in all sectors of our society. Aristotle is attributed to have said,
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
The same could be said of a disciple of Christ. Jesus sent 70 disciples out in pairs on a training expedition to the cities in which he would be visiting. (Luke 10: 1-20. He gave them instructions on what to do, what not to do, and how to do it. The passage also recorded that the disciples returned with a good report and Jesus, the master trainer, rejoiced.
That’s why at Rockbridge Seminary we emphasis the theology AND practice of ministry. Theory is not enough. Our core courses are entitled, “The Theology and Practice of __________ (Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism). We know that theory alone does not make one competent. In each course students are required to be engaged in ministry practice as well as complete practical projects that help hone their ministry skills. They work alongside a mentor, a master at ministry. Incoming students assess their ministry skills and are then reassessed at the end of their program. The better we equip servant leaders, the better they will perform in their ministry field. Check out our programs and curriculum.