Cultivating a Healthy Brain for Ministry: Using the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program
The Bible has a lot to say about the qualifications a pastor will need to carry out his office. A sharp mind is not one of those qualifications God has given. However, maintaining a sharp mind will obviously aid a pastor's ministry. A sharp and healthy brain will allow him to successfully keep a schedule, solve problems, and communicate effectively. In order to cultivate a healthy brain a pastor could take part in a cognitive enrichment program. One such program exists called the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) program. This program does not teach its students “what” to think but “how” to think. This program can further sharpen the pastor’s cognitive functions so he can care for himself and his congregation. The FIE program will improve the pastor’s cognitive skills used in organizing his schedule, preparing sermons and Bible studies, and adapting to ever changing circumstances so that his gospel work remains in center stage. This thesis will outline how the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment program could benefit a pastor’s ministry. The program will be described and then specifically applied to the pastoral office.