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Greg Atkinson: Don’t Go To Seminary

Do we need current and future preachers, ministers and missionaries? Absolutely.

Hear me out. I’ve just seen too many people over the years that were “on fire,” but were called to something in “the secular world”—only to be looked down upon and shamed because they didn’t go “into the ministry.” Shame on us.

Here’s what we need, folks: We need Christian, Spirit-led, God-fearing, prayerful young men and women to go into Hollywood, classrooms/education, hospitals, military, law and law enforcement, and dare I say: politics. I grew up hearing that all politictians were crooked, evil and dirty.

That may be true for some, but it doesn’t have to be true for all. Why can’t we send Spirit-filled, godly, prayerful youth into our government?

Do you see what I’m getting at?

All of this must be sought after with prayer. I’m not saying go here or there—listen to God.

What I am saying is to not assume that those leaders in your youth group are destined to “ministry” and should head to seminary. Maybe their ministry will be outside the local church. Maybe they are being raised up to change the face of government/politics, movies and Hollywood, education, the medical field, and our military. Just maybe.

For the record: I guest speak and teach at colleges and seminaries. I’m pursuing my PhD. I’m all for continued education, learning and personal/professional growth. I just think we need to see “ministry” more holistically and broader than just being on a church staff.

Dream with me:

What if Christians were shaping what we watch on TV and movie screens?

I’m not talking about Christian shows or movies (don’t get me started on that). I’m talking about Christians making movies that are not offensive and have a spiritual/redemptive thread woven through them. Deep stuff like C.S. Lewis was a genius at.

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Greg Atkinson is an author, speaker, consultant, and the Founder of the First Impressions Conference and Worship Impressions—both specializing in guest services and hospitality.