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    Being an instructor, I am of course a big proponent of additional education. I do think when it comes to pastoring...really the Lord can give you all you need, BUT what would it hurt to have some formal training to go along with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lista View Post
    Being an instructor, I am of course a big proponent of additional education. I do think when it comes to pastoring...really the Lord can give you all you need, BUT what would it hurt to have some formal training to go along with it?
    I totally agree. I have seen men and women greatly blessed in ministry who had minimal education. They have a God given talent or ability to work with people and to lead them. But most of us need to learn and study and discipline ourselves. Education at the right school can be of tremendous help. I believe that the school must be an institution strong in the studies presented. There are certain professors that are better than others to study under. Some of them I had greatly inspired me and encouraged me in my calling.

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    I have no problem with education. I think the problem is more what kind of education. Seminaries are academic institutions, where the emphasis is placed on making academic theologians. What the Church needs are pastor/theologians. Individuals who are given a firm foundation of Biblical theology AND mentoring as a pastor. I have seen two newer schools where you train online for the academics, and are in a Church being trained and mentored by a experienced pastor. Of course none of this matters unless the person is open to being taught by the Holy Spirit. I just don't see why being open and taught by the Holy Spirit cannot also include a formal education.
    Does one need an M.Div to be a pastor, no. Can one be affective being schooled by the Holy Spirit, yes. But, there are dangers when a degree is "the requirement" just as there is when one says I have the Bible and the Holy Spirit and don't need anything else. Remember, God created us with minds and intellect, as well as a spirit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottae316 View Post
    I have no problem with education. I think the problem is more what kind of education. Seminaries are academic institutions, where the emphasis is placed on making academic theologians. What the Church needs are pastor/theologians. Individuals who are given a firm foundation of Biblical theology AND mentoring as a pastor. I have seen two newer schools where you train online for the academics, and are in a Church being trained and mentored by a experienced pastor. Of course none of this matters unless the person is open to being taught by the Holy Spirit. I just don't see why being open and taught by the Holy Spirit cannot also include a formal education.
    Does one need an M.Div to be a pastor, no. Can one be affective being schooled by the Holy Spirit, yes. But, there are dangers when a degree is "the requirement" just as there is when one says I have the Bible and the Holy Spirit and don't need anything else. Remember, God created us with minds and intellect, as well as a spirit.
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    Men (and women) have been studying the Bible for 2000 years. That represents a lot of accumulated knowledge. To me, it makes more sense to build upon the work of previous generations than to "start from scratch".

    In fact, just by reading the Bible in a current language, you are building upon the work of the linguistic experts who have diligently translated, word-by-word, the ancient languages in which the Bible was written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel View Post
    What education do you have, Nikos ?
    Yeah, this ought to be interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Truck View Post
    Yeah, this ought to be interesting...
    He does have a formal education and from what I remember a bit more than what I have which is one year in a Pentecostal/Charismatic Bible school. He probably finished his before I was born.

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    I have a

    Bachelor of Arts in Bible/Theology
    Bachelor of Arts in World History
    Masters of Arts in World History
    I have some post graduate studies

    Practical ministry:

    24 years in pastoral ministry
    24 years in College teaching
    2 years High School teaching
    Evangelist for a number of years

    Married for 58 yrs next month to the most wonderful spirit filled lady I have ever met. She is a dream come true.
    Now retired and I will be 77 yrs old next month. And I am on my way to Heaven shouting GLORY!!!

    Licensed/Ordained minister for 56 yrs

    Note: You ask, so here it is.

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    I have a bachelor degree too but I was thinking of Christianity related education. But there it is, a bachelor in bible/theology. What kind of a college did you go to ?

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    I went to a Pentecostal college.

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