There’s been this little conversation going on about the best way to provide theological training for ministry. Questions include:
– Must theological training always happen in seminaries and on campus or is there a place for in context, local church-based training?
– Is theological training too academic in nature and are there ways of equipping people through more ‘vocational’ methods?
Reading blogs and twitter feeds, I get the impression that some people are willing to concede that in context training may have a place but the general gist of it is that campus-based seminary training is better.
My position is that both seminary based and in context training have their place but that the in context and vocational training should and could be as effective at thoroughly equipping people for ministry.
I want to pick up on some of the reasons why by challenging some of the assumptions and arguments that I’ve heard.