I’d like to direct you to Paul Williams’ “And So It Goes” article in the current issue of the Christian Standard: http://www.christianstandard.com/andsoitgoes.asp.
In this article Paul makes an important observation:
Today too many professional and lay leaders of the church are far better versed in the practical ministry concerns of the day than they are in the Scriptures. The times demand that we understand the size building that needs to be constructed, the best health-insurance plan for the ministry staff, the hottest sermon series to fill the pews, and the least time-intensive way to get new members “around the bases.”
The only problem with the current complexity of ministry is it leaves many church leaders disinterested in theology. Take the issue of determining what beliefs and practices are essential for every Christian in every culture and every age. Often when I try to bring up such weighty subjects with my ministry friends, their eyes glaze over and I am accused of being “too intellectual.” One friend considers my theological interests to be as irrelevant as the knowledge of Cliff, the postal-working keeper of irrelevant facts in the old comedy show Cheers.
Too intellectual? Cut me some slack.