A few days ago, I put the following question out on my Facebook page:
In the interests of social and economic justice, Christians would not think it acceptable to send people with insufficient training to provide medical care to impoverished communities. We would find it appalling to allow low-income people to be represented in court by anyone who is not a qualified attorney. It wouldn’t matter that these people were volunteering their services–we would still insist that they be properly educated to meet publicly recognized standards before they provided these services, even at no cost to the beneficiaries. And we certainly would require that those who provide professional services on a pro bono basis complete ongoing education in their fields.
So why do we think it’s okay to say that churches can only have the clergy they can afford, and ordain those who have not met the standards of their denominations to “minister” in underprivileged locations, without adequate support and continuing learning in this work?
(Happy to have you share your thoughts…)