The Church-Seminary Connection

• April 9, 2008 • Comments (3)

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A few different bloggers have chimed in on the disconnect between seminary and the local church.

Timmy Brister highlighted a Pastor-In-Training program at Third Avenue Baptist in Louisville. In summary, it seems that this church is actually taking responsibility for the development of new ministers, and not delegating that responsibility to the seminaries. Way to go, Third Baptist! May your tribe increase!

Seminarians: let me say it again. Get involved in a local church. Find godly mentors (more on that later this month). Ask to sit in on meetings for your own education. The initiative has to be with you.

Dustin Benge wrote a great pair of posts called Bridging the Gap Between Seminary and the Local Church, especially addressing the attitude shift necessary for a freshly graduated seminarian as he begins his ministry. Here’s his counsel:

Bridge the Gap Between Seminary and the Local Church by:
1. The “High-Horse” Syndrome
2. Be Teachable
3. Be Willing to do what you ask of Others
4. Be a Mentor
5. Don’t Be Jealous
6. Don’t Look for the Next Best Thing

Definitely worth reading. Part One Part Two

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Mark Warnock is the founder and General Editor of Seminary Survival Guide.com. He serves as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Illinois, and is a Ph.D student in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is working with Ed Eubanks on a book on how to survive seminary.

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  1. Dustin Benge says:

    Thanks so much for the link. I greatly appreciate it and can only hope many will benefit. Thanks again – Dustin

  2. Mark says:

    You bet, Dustin. Keep up the good writing.

  3. Kimberly McMichael says:

    This was a great read! It blessed me as a reminder of what not to do and it also helps me to be proactive in the learning that never ends. I was looking for information to support applying for a scholarship. I feel like I just left the classroom. Thank you!

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