Seminary 2050

Parish-based education
As denominations continue to devolve into loose confederations of churches, the seminaries will find themselves in direct relationship with congregations.

The good news in this is that seminaries will be more accountable to congregations and less able to hide behind denominational bureaucracies. Congregations will insist that seminaries produce pastors who are not only theologically trained but also skilled in communicating their education in the parish context. Churches will send their people to schools that promise this result, without regard to denominational affiliation. Hopefully, this shift will result in curricular revisions that make it clear that theological education exists for the church and not the academic guilds.


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