Having made a career in the sports industry I appreciate your leanings to soccer over football because of your enviornmental upbringing. The value of playing sport has nothing to do with the actual physical output. ( Curling is one of my favorite Olympic Games ) The value is in those outside the sports objectives. Things such as learning to be a teammate, respecting your opponent, setting goals and working towards achieving those goals, making commitments to your teammates etc. The argument that you can get some of these values in other ways is completely valid. It just happens that some people enjoy this avenue more than others. Jesus demonstrated this by his selection of the twelve. All twelve had different personalities and personal objectives which the “Coach” Jesus wove together not only to achieve the overarching goal but to be able to minister to the human diversity of not only those times but for all time.
Peter and John the Beloved were very different in who would listen to them. I don’t have any scientific evidence to back this next statement but it appears to me that the seminary wants a bit more of a cookie cutter pastor. Certainly in ministry, as with playing sports, you want your players to embrace everyone being on the same page. However, the coach wants diversity when it comes to presentation. Speed in some positions and power in other positions. I saw a interview with Steve Jobs many years ago and the question was, " Are you a tech geek?" He said no but I need them on my team and the geeks need me.
So while we need young energetic youth pastor, we also need the research scholarship types. The structure currently employed by the church is set up to have only cookie cutters in leadership. This model works well for some aspects of ministry but is a deterrent in other aspects.
Some parts of ministry require experience while other parts require scholarship and still others require nurture. In the end however the objective(s), spreading the Gosple should be the common goal. If the Spectrumites reflect the SDA membership then we present a good example of why we need diversity in thought and presentation.
There can be too much diversity as well. So while we need altos, sapranos, baritones etc… They must be singing the same song at least. The real question before the church is who gets to be in the choir. Some who post here prefer cookie cutter right down to the color of the carpet. Others here prefer the smorgasbord approach. It’s kinda like the democrats right now. There is a great deal of diversity among the candidates. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar are both Democrates but miles apart on their platform. At the end on the day they both have the same overarching objective, beat Trump.
If we compare and contrast SDA diversity we find individuals such as TW and say a Randy Roberts miles apart in many areas but probably both share the same overarching objective.