While Mark Driscoll 2.0 touts his master's in exegetical theology from Western Seminary yet digs at nerds who care about Hebrew and Greek, Sutton Turner takes a more Mark Driscoll 1.0 case of saying that seminary training's not particularly necessary for a man to be called to be a pastor. He makes a case for more business-minded men entering ministry. Precisely what Turner's corporate experience has been and how successful the companies he's run in the past actually are now would be a wonderful question to investigate but American journalistic outlets and business papers don't seem to go in much for covering the welfare of corporations in the Middle East. Perhaps someone can comment away on how Turner's companies and managerial tenures have gone in the past some time ... .
Turner builds up to this:
Did you see anything about how many verses you’ve memorized or what degrees you’ve earned?
Because virtually nobody cares if you mistakenly refer to Jacob Arminius as the son-in-law of John Calvin if you talk a good game, for real. You could even do something like propose that Boaz must have familiarized himself with the Psalms and throw in a reference to a Psalm of David that, if we're going to be biblical literalists here, Boaz couldn't have read because David was a couple of generations down the family tree. People would not generally care.
You may already be qualifiedThe qualifications of an overseer have little to do with what a man does at church, and everything to do with how he conducts himself “in his home with his family and in his world with his neighbors and coworkers.”
But as even Mark Driscoll noted in the Esther series, a man may convince himself he's not a monster because he's a good family man. Turner's not quibbling about that sort of point, though. He concludes with
If you are interested in being trained and equipped further in ministry, please consider the Mars Hill Executive Pastor Residency Program.
So, about the Lead Pastor Residency Program and the Executive Pastor Residency Program, there's links for them. There's also this for the Lead Pastor Residency stuff. There's this thing about leaders of leaders:
Last year, nearly 200 men applied for the Lead Pastor Residency and we only took five. The program is highly selective because we don’t just need any man. We need the right man. Are you one of those men?
There's a profile of Ed Choi, one of the lead pastor residents. There's also a couple of other introductory posts here and here. Looks like Matthias Haeusel is lead pastor at MH Downtown and AJ Hamilton's gone from interim lead pastor to lead pastor back to just plain old pastor. If you'd like to read why Dave Bruskas loves the Lead Pastor Residency program go here. If you want to read the introduction of the program go here. If you want to find out why they even have a Lead Pastor Residency Program Ryan Kearns can explain that here. Of particular note is what Kearns had to say about the first class that came through this residency program:
This year will be the Lead Pastor Residency Program’s second. This last year has been an incredible learning experience for the four gifted men—Alex Early, Drew Hensley, Ryan Welsh, and Ryan Williams—who have participated [links added by WtH and not original]
Oh, yeah, Alex Early came and went in a matter of months. So there's no assurance after all that labor that you'll necessarily stay lead pastor at a campus.
Now, for the Executive Pastor Residency program. There are a few vacancies.
Shoreline (wow, have they even had an executive pastor at Shoreline since Chad Toulouse disappeared from the job after taking the job when James Harleman stopped doing it?)
U-District (another case of semi-musical chairs)
For some reason if you refine the indeed.com search for Mars Hill Church jobs by salary down to $120,000+ you spot the Executive Pastor Residency Program. If you low-ball for numbers and go $90,000 you get the lead pastor residency program. But the speed of change at Mars Hill Church is so fast it'll be interesting to see what the salaries end up being if ever MH would disclose that on an employee-by-employee basis. And then there'd be royalties pastors get for publishing books through and sold by Resurgence Publishing but that's some other topic.