Jump directly to the Content

The 40-Year-Old Seminarian

Why I went to school AFTER leading a church.
The 40-Year-Old Seminarian

Steve Carell starred as The 40-Year-Old Virgin. If someone made a movie of my life this year, they could call it The 40-Year-Old Seminarian. After 23 years in public ministry, 17 of them as pastor, and 10 as the lead pastor of a megachurch, I'm stepping out of the fast-paced life of church leadership, strapping on a backpack, and going to school.

I moved my family across the continent to Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend Regent College, a graduate school of theology. At the border the Canadian crossing guard asked, "Why are you coming all this way to go to school?" Yeah, I get that a lot. Why give up the lead role in an established church? Why become a student when you're used to being the teacher?

When I shared my decision with the church, I said that I think Jesus still calls people to drop their nets and follow him. Yes, even pastors.

One member of my church asked, "How can you be sure you're hearing from God and not just having a mid-life crisis?" ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Andy Crouch: All Flourishing Requires Risk
Andy Crouch: All Flourishing Requires Risk
Are you an image bearer, or are you in poverty, safety or idolatry?
From the Magazine
The Unearthed Conscience of Black Fundamentalism
The Unearthed Conscience of Black Fundamentalism
A hard racial line divided conservative white and Black Protestants 100 years ago. It didn’t have to be that way.
Editor's Pick
Your Presence Is a Living Sermon
Your Presence Is a Living Sermon
Showing up makes God’s love tangible when people need it most.
close