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I am a lay person in the CRC, and wish that the seminary gave more thought to some of the more practical aspects of being a pastor - how to deal with anger, back-biting, the aged, etc. The six weeks now required in the field does little to truly indicate to a new pastor what to expect from the day-to-day work in a church, and "book learning" leaves a lot to be desired.  I also believe that a pastor needs to be the spiritual leader of the church, not necessarily the administrative leader (for which most are not even qualified!) Perhaps bringing in speakers from areas of the CRC other than Grand Rapids would also be helpful.

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