Chapter 1 of Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger is titled, “Seminary Didn’t Prepare Me for This!” That is a great opening chapter title because that’s exactly how thousands of pastors feel.
When I was in seminary we learned how to study and exegete the scriptures. We learned to read Hebrew and Greek. We learned systematic theology. We learned how to provide pastoral care for church members. What we didn’t learn was how to lead a church in a world in which Christianity is no longer at the center of culture.
Tod Bolsinger’s book, Canoeing the Mountains, does an incredible job of helping church leaders understand what’s going on that makes church ministry so much more challenging than before, and how to begin to address those challenges. In this episode, Tod Bolsinger unpacks the "canoeing the mountains" metaphor and shares the way he himself has struggled as Fuller Seminary (where he serves as Vice President) has learned to adapt to a changing world.
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