Richard Pratt on “What would you change about seminary education?”

If I could wave a magic scepter and change seminary today, I’d turn it into a grueling physical and spiritual experience. I’d find ways to reach academic goals more quickly and effectively and then devote most of the curriculum to supervised battle simulation. I’d put students through endless hours of hands-on service to the sick and dying, physically dangerous evangelism, frequent preaching and teaching the Scriptures, and days on end of fasting and prayer. Seminary would either make them or break them.

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2 Responses to “Richard Pratt on “What would you change about seminary education?””

  1. A. Amos Love Says:

    Interesting article and comments.
    Seems everyone knows “the System” is broken.

    Shouldn’t seminaries be closed down
    if they’re teaching extra stuff not in the Bible?

    I was wondering.
    Can any edjumakated semetarynariuns name one person
    in the Bible called by the “title” pastor?

    Did Jesus train anyone to be a leader in the Bible?
    Did Jesus, or anyone, train disciples of Christ to be a Pastor in the Bible?
    I can’t find anyone, in the Bible, called pastor or with the title pastor.

    If training pastors and training leaders is important to Jesus;
    How come Jesus never did it? How come His disciples never did it?

    In the Bible, all disciples of Christ called themselves servants.
    How come none called themselves pastors and none called themselves leaders?

    Why is that done today? If it’s not in the Bible?
    Why do some brethren call themselves pastor and leader?
    Or, maybe I’m missing something?

    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
    them also I must bring, and they shall “hear My Voice;”
    and there shall be “ONE” fold, and “ONE” shepherd.
    John 10:16

    One Fold – One Shepherd – One Voice.
    If Not Now, When?

    Be blessed and be a blessing

  2. Dennis Griffith Says:

    I had Richard as a professor in seminary: Hebrew & Survey of the Prophets, I think. He also frequently played basketball with the guys, so there was some intense “physical training”. But I like his planned program. It would have scared the daylights out of me… but on this side of things I like it.

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