Do You Need Formal Training to Be a Minister?
Many people think you must have years of college before you can start a new ministry or church. It’s not necessary to have formal training before you start a ministry, but most seasoned ministers recommend that you pursue some type of biblical training as soon as possible. The more you learn the better equipped you will be.
You can take classes by correspondence from many fine universities if you can’t attend as a full-time student. Formal training will increase your confidence in yourself, as well as others confidence in you.
The best way to learn about your area of ministry is to find someone who will become a "father in the faith" and mentor you. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Acts 16:1 & 2 and Philippians 2:19 & 22, Paul mentored Timothy. Timothy served Paul faithfully by helping him grow his ministry.
If you are faithful in what is another man’s God may see fit to give you your own (Luke 16:12). Pray for guidance as to whether you should go ahead and start your ministry, or if you should seek formal training first.
It’s also very important to have someone who can provide a spiritual covering for you. You do not have to be part of a denomination, or have someone controlling your ministry, but you do need to have a fellowship or pastor that will hold you accountable and be there for you if you need help.
Don’t try to be a lone ranger. We’re all stronger if we have some type of spiritual support and fellowship. If you need a spiritual covering, or would like more information about where to obtain training, send us an email and we will get back with you as soon as possible.