The health of any church depends, in part, on its leaders functioning faithfully as theologians. It’s part of the package for any elder (pastor, minister, leader, whatever term you are used to). Leading, feeding, caring and protecting. How are we to lead others on God’s behalf if we’re unclear on the nature of the church, it’s mission, God’s character and plan? How are we to feed the saints if we’re not wrestling with the great doctrines of the faith and setting them forth? How are we to care effectively for souls if we never consider what a human consists of and how they function in relation to salvation and walking in the Spirit? How are we to protect the flock if we’re unaware of theological trends and errors in the general atmosphere of the contemporary church at large?
The pastoral functions of any church leader require that theological reflection and processing be involved in the ministry. It is a dangerous error to presume that theology is a function of the academy or the research university. It is worrying to find many preachers and leaders who think that their task is not that of theology.
If you preach, then you influence. If you influence, then you lead. If you lead, don’t make the grave error of divorcing your ministry from that of theology. If you do, then both your ministry and theology will suffer. You will suffer. And so will they.