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The Pastor-Theologian: Valuable and Necessary

an article by Derek J. Brown

Pastors of what seems like a long-lost era were doctrinally grounded and biblically saturated, to be sure; but they were also well-read in other important branches of study—literature, economics, politics, philosophy, and science—and were therefore able to apply biblical truth to these areas of inquiry with keen spiritual and intellectual skill, helping their people think theologically about major trends within the church and the greater society.

Most importantly, the pastor was a theologian. Today, however, the pastoral office is no longer viewed in such categories.

...the larger contemporary church has loaded the pastoral role with responsibilities and expectations that hinder if not altogether prohibit the work of theology. The pastor is seen chiefly as a “leader, organization builder, administrator, coach, inspirer, endless problem solver, spiritual pragmatist, and so much more.” For a pastor to consider how he might engage in important doctrinal discussions and cultural issues, pursue some form of theological writing, and make scholarly contributions to the larger Christian academy is to indulge in pointless fantasy

The pastor-theologian, despite what history may tell us, appears to be an ecclesiastical impossibility in our current age.

Greg's Comments:To the extent that local churches refuse to support pastor-teachers with their loyalty and "honor," we will not have these kinds of men in our pulpits leading us. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" and churches today do not value pastor-teachers.

Source: https://fromthestudy.com/2018/04/24/the-value-and-necessity-of-the-pastor-theologian/

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