What legitimacy is there to "me" focused ministerial training?
I struggle with a ministerial education that is "me" centered. I trust and believe that if we focus our attention on God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the transformative training that is expected through self-reflection will occur, but in a much more profound and meaningful way. If we remain even other-focused, we will be able to more strongly identify our own theological positions and identify what makes "me" me, because we will see our thoughts and beliefs held in comparison to others. But, when we are trained to delve into our own personal spiritual biographies and experiences, we miss out on having a standard by which to compare ourselves and our experiences. Yes, it is by sharing our own stories that we are able to hear other stories, but from where do our own stories gain legitimacy or are tested for erroneous thinking? Perhaps it is by hearing others stories and learning more about God's story (believing that God does have a story apart from my individual existence) that we become better able to understand and articulate our own stories. What benefit is there to training a minister to be "me" focused when ministers already on a whole tend to struggle with the temptations of pride and arrogance? How is a minister able to faithfully make healthy sacrifices if he or she is motivated by his or her own needs? Doesn't this motivation cause him or her to make unhealthy sacrifices, because his/her perspective is limited rather than broad?