The short answer is… “I don’t.” And that’s a problem according to Fresh Expressions:
Theological training is important. The problem is that there is primarily one place it will pay the bills: an established church.
If you are going to be a missionary, that may mean years of settling in and learning a city. If you have a marketable skill, your settling in time becomes useful in at least three ways.
–You don’t have to introduce yourself to skeptical non-Christians as a missionary.
–You will make relationships with co-workers, who will teach you about your city and become your friends.
–You won’t go hungry.
The problem is that, the established church is what pays the bills and “the established church” functions in particular ways…not all of which translate all that well to a life on mission.
That leaves me wondering what it is I need to be doing to develop a skill.