On March 30, 2012 Ligonier Ministries posted an article on this topic that I have had open on my web browser ever since. It is 30 items that I need to be reminded of day in and day out. I commend this article to anyone training for the gospel ministry or for anyone that is considering the gospel ministry. There are a few that are especially pointed and helpful:
4. Remember your pastors and mentors, and speak with them and pray with them as often as possible, finding in seminary not just that one ultimate mentor but many men from whom you can learn—ordinary, local-church pastors, elders, deacons, and godly, wise older men.
I find this counsel extremely valuable. There is so much to gain from wiser, older, and more godly people and it is invaluable for those who are training to be a minister. One of the things I would change about my life if I could go back in time would be to spend more time listening to older and wiser people in my life.
9. Remember the church, which is the foundation and fountain of your training for the sake of the church, the covenant people of God. Be committed, be involved, and be the man in the church while you are in seminary that you hope to be in the church when you are out of seminary.
Definitely! I have said this before — if you are not behaving like a minister in your given role in the church you won’t start behaving like one when you officially become one. Like it or not, as a seminary student you have an example to set before the people of God because they are holding you to a higher standard. It may not always be fair but it is always happening. People will look up to you because of your station in life.
29. Remember that you’re not in seminary primarily to get a degree but to learn how to and what it means to feed sheep, wash feet, and die to self.
This one needs no further comment except to say: “Be a servant” (Philippians 2:3-11).