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Don't Hire Anyone From the Academy

Jun. 8, 2011By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

I once heard a Christian who was CEO of a large company say that he would never hire someone who had been in the "academy" for a long time because they could not solve problems or get a long with people. 

A few thoughts:

1.  Schooling often breeds more schooling.  As people get into Masters level education, they are usually studying what they want and tend to enjoy it.  Because of this, it is often hard to stop.  I know MANY individuals who would have loved to continue school after their first Masters degree, but were unable to do so because of funding.

2.  A lot of pastors have a lot of schooling.  That does not necessarily mean that they can't solve problems or get a long with people.  The length of time in school may not be the problem.  It could very well be that certain kinds of people are drawn to studying for longer periods of time.  Everyone has certain gifts - some which lead to glaring weaknesses.  The guy who can study in a library for 10 hours at a time probably has a hard time relating to people, but the guy who can't study for long periods of time (which we wrongly call lazy) is probably an excellent counselor.   Of course, you can be a great student and counselor, but strengths always have weaknesses.  Yes, "knowledge puffs up," but that is no call to check your brain at the door of pastoral ministry, but to guard against the kinds of knowledge that leads to being unable to interact with people.  

3.  At least in Reformed circles, the men that we generally hold up as models (even if we don't know anything of their day-to-day life) are professors and pastors who hold Ph.D's.  We need to pray for these men!  Just because they are a good writer does not mean they are good pastors, husbands or teachers.  

Let's pray that as Christians the CEO's words would not be true of us.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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