God Doesn’t Call the Qualified….God Qualifies the Called.

04/08/2011 .
Rob Jacobs

The Saddleback Church Leadership Academy has a vision for equipping the next generation of ministry leaders. But, many people assume they must be a seminary graduate or have a degree in Religious Studies or the Bible to be qualified to lead a ministry at an existing church, church plant, or a multi-site campus.

Imagine how many talented and skilled people with potential to be amazing ministry leaders or even plant a church don’t’ pursue this calling because they don’t think they have the right sort of education or experience. The reality is that potential ministry leaders don’t need the right degree, what they need is a calling.

God doesn’t call the qualified….he qualifies the called.

Becoming an effective and healthy ministry leader is not a result of graduating with a degree in Bible or finishing seminary. It comes from an intentional process of developing  a potential ministry leader’s ability to cast vision, motivate themselves and others, build relationships, solve problems, plan and execute ideas, and develop their God-given calling and purpose.

Becoming an effective ministry leader is not a result of choosing the right major in college, but comes from learning through hands-on leadership experience.

For instance, current Leadership Academy participants have backgrounds or majored in:






Public Relations

English Literature

Culinary Arts



Physical Education


Political Science

Graphic Design



You see it’s not about a certain major, degree, or current profession…it’s about heart and calling.

At the Saddleback Church Leadership Academy, we aren’t just looking for seminary graduates or people currently working in ministry. We are looking for people who feel called to become ministry leaders and the desire to pursue it. Maybe that is you.

Being equipped for ministry leadership comes from blending learning and leading—getting hands-on with the work that ministry leaders do—and mentoring along the way by some of the most respected church pastors and ministry leaders in the country.

ACCELERATE yourself into staff ministry leadership at a church plant, multi-site church campus, or existing church.

Develop your leadership skills while you learn to lead one of Saddleback Church’s ministries.

Learn methods and strategies directly from Saddleback pastors and staff.

Be mentored by Saddleback pastors.


Earn a Certificate in Ministry Leadership through our year-long ACCELERATE apprenticeships in children’s ministries, student ministries, worship arts, small-groups, or church administration.

If you or anyone you know would like more information on the ACCELEARATE Ministry Apprenticeship (Certificate of Ministry Leadership) check out the Saddleback Church Leadership Academy website or Email us at LeadershipAcademy@Saddleback.com