Going Long (part 1)

I started out at Oak Hill studying for a BA in Theology and Pastoral studies back in 2006. Whilst I was there people like Mike Ovey, Chris Green and Dan Strange persuaded me and others to extend my studies into and complete an MTh (Master of Theology).

I’m glad they did. As I’ve mentioned before, there are huge benefits to “going long” in your training for ministry. Just as theological training is not a hobby to enjoy for personal benefit, nor is it a necessary evil to get out of the way so we can get on with the real stuff.

There are two good reasons for this and both are deeply theological. Continue reading

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Training for Ministry – The place of Theological College/Seminary

You’ll have picked up from recent posts that I think that:

          The primary responsibility and context for ministry training lies with the local church

          That, if we are to see Gospel ministry multiplying then we need to find ways of training and equipping people who may not be able to or maybe even should not go away for campus based theological training.

However, just to be clear, this does not mean that I am against Theological Colleges. It’s just that: Continue reading