It’s Not Culture Versus The Bible…
Culture might tell you that you need a certain degree in order to be a missionary or be a certified pastor, but the Bible does not. The Bible tells you point-blank what you need to do in order to be a missionary or a pastor. Make disciples. That’s in Matthew 28. But don’t just stop there. Later on in the New Testament, Timothy informs us that it is more than just making disciples… it is making disciples who make disciples. It’s multiplication, not simply addition.
This implies that we are all commissioned to be pastors or missionaries. A pastor is simply, shepherding people. A missionary is simply someone who brings the Gospel to a place where the mission of Jesus (The Church) is not yet there… that’s missions. As believers, we are called to exegete the Bible and also exegete culture. Knowing culture is critical to know how to be doers of the Word. But, culture looks slightly different for everyone… because we are all uniquely created. Truth remains constant, but culture constantly changes.
So, if you are asking what degree you need in order to be a missionary or pastor… it’s the one you already have. Or. It’s a degree that most develops you in the culture you want to be in. Rather than asking what degree you need, ask better questions. Better answers always stem from better questions. Begin by defining your…
It’s More About Your S.H.A.P.E.
- What is your Spiritual Gift(s)?
- What is your Heart?
- What is your Ability(s)?
- What is your Personality?
- What is your Experience?
These are not simple questions to answer. We learn these along our journey, called life. We provide a solution that develops you into your S.H.A.P.E. while giving you a degree to satisfy culture. The Bible says make disciples and become more of who God called you to be (your S.H.A.P.E.) and culture says get a degree. So, why not do both?
We can see this exemplified in the New Testament heavily. Some disciples were fishermen and God used their S.H.A.P.E. to give them a bigger purpose of being fishers of men. Paul was highly educated through one of the top scholars of his time, Gamaliel. When Paul transformed, he was a teacher and initiator of the church era. Both the disciples who were fishermen and Paul were transformed using their S.H.A.P.E. and reignited with purpose. The thing is… their education system looked different, yet it was the same. It was developing them to be who God called them to be.
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God wants you too! That is the exciting part. You are uniquely stitched with a purpose that no one else can fulfill but you. We want to help you get where God wants you to go by getting you to be who you were intended to be! If you are interested even remotely… please reach out to us. We would love to connect and converse about any questions you may have about getting a degree and becoming more of who you are!