May 26th, 2021

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So, what do we need seminary for?

In the 20th Century, Methodists invested in higher education in a big way, especially in seminaries for training future clergy. At the beginning of the century, we were still largely using an apprenticeship model for preparing clergy, along with the Course of Study. But then the desire to have fancy credentials took over, and much of the old system was outsourced to academia. The possession of an MDiv degree is all but required for ordination as an elder, and that means access to bigger appointments and other professional advancement. Meanwhile, many Licensed Local Pastors assert, sometimes defensively, the value of their participation in Course of Study.Collapse )