I think my mom would probably say she raised a doctor as opposed to a minister due to my constant desire to learn and further my education (that and the fact I probably should have got a doctorate in theology!). I do however believe there are significant advantages to having both a Secular and ministry degree.
For starters coming from a secular field involving Marketing and advertising this guy most certainly knows how to put together a flyer or promote an event and can effectively run a large scale project. My focus has not been so much on how to grow the church evangelically, but rather how to combine the God given gifts and education I have received to further the kingdom. From graphic design to web to social marketing I know I have a plethora of secular skills that will better serve any Congregation or house of God I prayerfully will become a shepherd at.
I also have a tremendous amount of boardroom expertise which I know from talking with my peers will serve me well in committee meetings and oversight. It would do a great many pastors well to spend a year or two in the dog eat dog world of corporate America in preparation for handling hostile topics that will surely surface be it on theology or other topics related to the local congregation. Now does this mean that I feel pastoral authority should override every area of a committee? By no means, I simply feel that I have seen many meetings that went south due to miss communication and wasted time and bring that knowledge to the table.
There is also a plus on my side of having Six Sigma and project management expertise. I know that there are often times that a project comes up for a local congregation and the pastor often tries to do it all rather than delegating to ensure his focus remains on the word and sermon preparation. I feel having a background and the capacity to visually show the congregational members that volunteer how projects should unfold will be a huge asset in helping the church grow and maintain a positive attitude moving forward.
Now does this mean I hold all the cards over my constituents when applying? By all means no. However given the fact that many small and rural churches are in need of pastors that cannot only lead them spiritually but help them with marketing, advertising and a whole pot full of other needs I think my background will be of tremendous demand and prayerfully will lead to me landing my first fulltime pastorate before long. God bless and keep reading!