said 1 year, 3 months ago:
I write a blog about small churches. I am not seminary trained. I am not a pastor. But after blogging for a year, I am getting calls for advice and emails that address me as Rev.
Your last sentence is correct. It comes down to solving people’s problems. Experts are those who keep trying to help others with sincerity, experience and integrity, if not degrees.
Interestingly, I came across statistics provided by multiple researchers with remarkably similar results. In the world of church, about 75% of church people report that they do not trust their denominations. In other words, they don’t trust the “experts”!