As pastors and leaders of the church, we are to teach sound doctrine so that God’s people are not led astray by every wind of teaching. If you’re a pastor (or people address you as one) and you haven’t got a good measure of theological training whether through a seminary or more informal means, then go get trained somewhere and get trained properly, otherwise you won’t be able to discern between right and wrong teaching and then you won’t be able to properly teach your congregation or lead your ministries. Consequently, church members become easy meat for the enemy. Furthermore, we should not just learn inspirational stuff in order to be inspirational (which many tend to do), instead we should study theology and be theologically grounded (which is hard work and it takes many years – too many haven’t got the patience for that). We owe it to our congregations to be properly trained, like I said earlier either formally in a seminary or through other means. (There are pastors who are more than adequately trained in biblical theology outside the walls of seminaries. A famous example is the oft-quoted UK preacher D Martyn Lloyd Jones of Westminster Chapel. Many early Calvinistic Methodist preachers had no theological training but were self-taught, steeped in Scriptures, widely read and full of the Holy Spirit!) And those trained in seminary need to avoid stagnancy and continually study Scriptures, read, grow in theological reflection and be full of the Spirit.
Over the years it is clear that many get bored with the usual, same old teaching taught the same way. As a result, new ways of expressing our faith or teaching the Word emerged. Some of these are good and biblically sound, and they breathe freshness into the church. We thank the Lord for that. Unfortunately, some are not. Some do not communicate sound doctrine and they either mislead uninstructed Christians or completely lead them astray! The church needs adequately trained pastors to teach church members properly so that all believers are equipped with God’s truth and will not succumb to poor theology and be swayed.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Ephesians 4:11-16 NIV