Do ministers think education is important? Yes. However, most ministers follow the same model as other highly skilled professions. Lifelong learning is currently done mostly through books, conferences, and seminars. That’s good, but it won’t be enough. 2020 ministers will have to expand their learning to include coaching networks, additional graduate degrees, and volunteer leadership in other organizations. If churches and nonprofits want to attract the top talent, they’ll have to adapt and start including an education allowance. Those employees who continue their education will have the most opportunities open to them and will shape Christianity in the US.
Read my update post here at Predictions for a 2020 Church.