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Faith: Finding Out What I Didn’t Learn



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The seminary experience is a good one for a person who has been called by God into the ministry. But, the seminary does not teach a person how to be the Pastor of a church. It helps you with language, theological positions, history, and various other things applicable to the ministry, but it does not show a person much about how to administer a church and lead it to function properly.

The information which follows is a compilation of things that, if a young man were to inculcate them early into his ministry, will make for a more productive and fulfilling experience. They will also help him to properly lead God’s people in the coming years. The overarching issue is that one has to Find Out What They Didn’t Learn. It is a life work and cannot be produced without dedication and great effort.

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The aforementioned points are from an address delivered by Wm. F. Harrell to the student body of Southeastern Seminary in 2003.

Reverend William (Bill) Harrell has been in ministry 49 years. He served as the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA for over 31 of those years. He can be reached at wfh@williamfharrell.com. You can also check out his blog at www.williamfharrell.com 

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