Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:
"I’ve graduated in a professional field. How much theological training do I need to serve in missions?"
a. How you will use your professional skills.
b. How much time you are likely to have to use your additional theological training.
c. The mission agency under which you will serve. Ask them.
You must have a basic knowledge of what you believe and why, and be able to share the gospel with inquirers.
Above all, your personal spiritual life must include being able to feed on the Word of God without the benefit of lots of Christian fellowship, and perhaps not having a pastor in your immediate locality.
With that training I taught budding pastors how to preach, wrote the text books for the local Bible Institute, and served as consultant to our Bible translation program.
Editor's note: Many missionaries and mission agencies recommend programs like the one-year, online Certificate of Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.
What about your relationship with Jesus? How well do you know the Word? Theologies differ from place to place. We found knowing what God thinks far more important than knowing what theologians of the Western world knew and had debated over the centuries. When we were in Korea, they needed what we did not have: a theology to guide them on ancestral worship. In China, it is forbidden to preach or teach on the second coming of Christ the King. It threatens the communist government. So how do you teach about it without teaching about it?
God bless you in your relationship with him. He will guide you into what line of study you should pursue next. Since he is the Lord, or the boss, of the harvest, doesn't if follow that he knows where you will be in that harvest field and will lead you now in what tools to gather for your work-pouch for the place he will have you be?
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