In the education realm, practitioners can have a difficult time accepting the research knowledge produced by theorists: such knowledge is often seen as too basic and impractical, not related to the issues in the classroom. The relationship between pastors and the theological knowledge produced by theologians is similar: theological knowledge is too basic and impractical, not related to the issued in the local church. Gall, Borg, and Gall give a bit of insight to educators that pastors and other ministerial practitioners should take to heart.
It seems much more sensible to use research knowledge about what is to inform dialogue about what ought to be–a dialogue that should be informed by other considerations as well.
Educational Research: An Introduction (8th Edition)
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 8 edition (May 19, 2006)
by M. D. Gall, Joyce P. Gall, Walter R. Borg, and, Walter R. Borg
Theology provides knowledge about reality that must precede and accompany congregational planning, visioning, etc. It leads to understanding of the truth and significance of our beliefs, concerns, practices as persons, and cultures. Other considerations, like tradition, history, passions, and calling provide additional insights that flesh out ideas and offer a more holistic perspective. Drawing inferences from both theology and these other considerations, and trusting the Spirit and one another, we can enter into a truth-informed and God-infused dialogue about specific thing that ought to be in our particular place.