If we are not professionals, why should anyone prepare for the Office of the Public Ministry? Why go through 7+ years of Biblical Languages, Homiletics, Systematic Theology, History, Missiology, etc? Why not just jump up, like Joseph Smith, Charles T. Russell, and Elijah R. Poole (AKA Elijah Muhammed) and declare that God has selected you to be His spokesman? If I am not a professional in the areas of Exegesis, Apologetics, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Liturgy, Hermeneutics, Church History and Missiology, then WHO IS? We are called and ordained servants of the Word - not Jackleg "Preachers" whose "mandate" is the number of ears that they can tickle.