The Future of Theological Education – Fly or Die: The Problem

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Don’t need any more theologians

Need pastors

Richard F Hicks 138 days ago

True, and yet...

We need pastor-theologians. That's to say, pastors who think theologically but not with the heady, speculative stuff of the academy. As Wesleyans, we need practical theologians who are engaged in the day-to-day work of ministry. It wasn't until the 1950s that the standard education for our pastors was shifted from the denominational Course of Study to the MDiv. By that time, however, the turn-of-the-century German theology represented by Harnack and others had already infected North American theological education. We're now reaping the results of failing to ground our clergy in the 2000-year-old main current of Christian teachings.

John 137 days ago

The GI Bill

The GI Bill of post WWII America - taxpayers - paid for the first boom of MDivs.

Seminaries like the rest of higher education began an industry.

The Church in all its forms was willing suckered into the idolatry mood of diplomas

Richard F Hicks 133 days ago