Defaulting To Our Training

Defaulting to training isn’t always wrong. That feels necessary to say, because I only hear the expression used in change-making circles as an accusation: the culture has changed; Christendom is over; the church is not relevant–and we keep defaulting to our training.

Point taken.

And yet about that training . . .

I see now why my seminary curriculum stayed out of specifics. I cursed it once I graduated and found myself responsible for budgets and busted boilers, like, “Fat lot of good Systematic Theology is doing me now.” But there are people in the congregation trained in budgets (which has a great deal to do with Systematic Theology, actually), and there’s probably someone close at hand to help with the boiler. I was the one trained in locating those parts of church life in the grand story of Scripture, in proclaiming God’s presence in the midst of them, in teaching the church to see that. That was my training, and I see now that I should have defaulted to it more, not less.

I think our training might be better suited to the moment than we’ve given it credit for.

One thought on “Defaulting To Our Training

  1. Hmm, that wasn’t what I expected, but — defaulting to my editing and writing training — I follow you anyway. It’s a story that we need to connect to, to hold the audience, and you kept my attention well enough that I’m likely to ask you just what that “systematic” stuff is next time I see you. Well done.

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