QOTD: On PhD’s and The Ministry

In the case of theological education, it seems rather simple. Perhaps theological programs can start to intentionally prepare students for careers outside the academy, beginning with ministry in the “church,” (broadly conceived). I’ve argued before that churches need more ministers who are deeply theologically trained–not so they can re-state the old theological positions so much as think creatively and contextually and help their congregations to do “local theology” together as they collectively respond to the impulses of the gospel in their lives. Disclaimer: Obviously not everyone is “cut out” for church ministry, and churches certainly don’t need ministers who are there because they couldn’t achieve their real dreams.

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5 responses to “QOTD: On PhD’s and The Ministry

  1. “Obviously not everyone is “cut out” for church ministry, and churches certainly don’t need ministers who are there because they couldn’t achieve their real dreams.”

    I know this all too well…

  2. The only thing I’d say is that all should set out for church ministry and then if they are called beyond that so be it. But noting Joe’s comment I wondered if we expect too much of some. I still think church should be the first goal and not the other option should a career not work out.

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