How to Be a Protestant Pastor, Provided by eHow.com
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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Step 1: Dive into the teachings of Jesus Christ and the interpretations of the Protestant Reformation so you can better understand Protestant theology and way of life. Incorporate prayer into your life and start to get a stronger grasp of the Bible.
Step 2: Affiliate with a church that is part of the denomination that you find most familiar and in accordance with your beliefs about Christianity. Most Protestant denominations use pastors but look into various denominations to make sure ones that you’re interested in still do.
Step 3: Get the kind of education that your Protestant denomination requires, such as college plus four years of seminary. Check around with local churches and contact pastors you know to find out what kind of education to pursue.
Step 4: Do a vicarage (or the equivalent for your denomination), which is a year-long internship type program with your church. The vicarage gives you a more on-the-ground experience of being a pastor and forces you to confront some of the difficulties associated with being a pastor.
Step 5: Expand your knowledge of important languages such as Hebrew, Latin and Greek so you can read various parts and translations of the Bible in their original language. Also, continue to study Scripture so your congregants view you as a reliable and trustworthy spiritual adviser.