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Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education

By admin | July 23, 2008

Over the next few months, we hope to present a series of articles on the importance and benefits of Seminary education. We begin with an excerpt from a truly excellent article by my neighbor and friend, Dr. Scott Clark. I hope you will follow the attached link and read the entire article. Prof. Renihan

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WHY PASTORS NEED A SEMINARY EDUCATION BY Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

The More Things Change

Over the years many things have changed at Westminster Seminary California (WSC). In the most important ways, however, the seminary has not changed. We still believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. We still believe the historic Christian faith as summarized in the ecumenical creeds and the Reformed confessions and catechisms. We are still dedicated to training men for the Reformed, pastoral ministry.

Though WSC has not changed fundamentally, the seminary business has changed dramatically in recent years. Today seminaries are offering their product (education and preparation for ministry) at a distance through satellites, video, and the Internet. WSC is enthusiastic about these emerging technologies and is exploring the best way to use them to advance Christ’s kingdom. One possibility under consideration is finding a way to provide continuing education to pastors through the Internet and other technologies (see below).

Some folk, however, see the Internet as a way not only to supplement a pastor’s seminary education and to strengthen his ministry (it surely is these things) but also as a way to replace seminaries altogether. This is a worrisome trend, frankly. The strongest argument which proponents of “home grown” pastors make is that the church should have a more intimate role in the training of her ministers. They see the Internet therefore as a way to harvest the best of scholarship while keeping candidates for the ministry in their local churches. This program, though initially attractive, rests on some false assumptions.

For the rest of this article, please go here. It is worth your serious consideration.

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