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Gairik Banerjee
Bishop's College, Calcutta

Practical Training & Lay Ministry

All Theology students must be required to acquire Practical Training (to the extent feasible), as an essential part of their degree program.  The areas of practical training must include ministry at local churches, missionary work, counselling, social work, etc. 

Whenever possible, students should also take up jobs in various other areas, not only in the areas in which they are receiving their education, but in any environments that allow them to work with people (including business and community leaders, opinion-makers and influencers), and allows them to interact with people in different walks of life and infect said people with their (hopefully exemplary) Christian Values.  This does not have to be specifically Bible-centered evangelism, but rather meeting people (including mostly non-Christians) wherever they may stand in their knowledge of or feelings about Christianity. 

It should be noted in particular that Servant Leadership was a core value projected by our Lord and Savior himself, when he washed the feet of the apostles after the Last Supper. He spoke also of the role Servant Leadership many times -- Matthew 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45, Mark 9:35, Hebrews 13:7, John 13:12-17 , Luke 22:26, Philippians 2:3, 1 Timothy 4:12, 2 Timothy 2:15, ...

So, it would behoove our Theology students to be placed deliberately in positions of Servanthood in society, serving those in need of the Lord, with great humility, as vessels of the love of Jesus Christ. 

A Rose, by any other name . . . . would smell as sweet!