8. You don’t want to work at a church that will hire you only if you have been to DTS (or any seminary for that matter). The kind of church that will hire a man simply because he is “degreed” is the kind of church that wants to appear well-led, not a church that must be well-led. Similarly, if a church would not consider someone because they do not have a degree from a seminary, DESPITE an obvious qualification of life and commitment to continual learning, it is likely a church that believes that the unbiblical idea of “clergy/laity distinction” is real and necessary. I agree with Paul that our lives are the best letters of accommodation (2 Corinthians 3:1-6a) and with Peter that we are a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:9) who should be led not by degreed men, but by men who separate themselves by degree of personal holiness and giftedness. The two are certainly not mutually exclusive, but neither are they mutually required.