Earlier I mentioned that seminary must change or die. Now I am not anti-intellectual or even anti-seminary. After all, I have my MDiv and am grateful for it. What I am concerned with, however, is making seminary relevant to current needs, not the ghosts of the scholastic era of the Church. That era was great and left an indelible mark on society and of course on the Church. The rich theological heritage we inherited from them is priceless and I personally am most thankful for it.
But I fear that what became a focus on producing learned students of Scripture has now become an idol for some denominations. How ridiculous it is for someone to be refused ordination because he or she does not have a Masters of Divinity or Ph.D. I actually know of specific churches that will not even consider a pastoral candidate if that person lacks a Ph.D. Nevermind clear evidence of a divine call to the office.
I am not saying that ministers should have no training. My contention has to do with how we train persons for ministry and where that should take place. Seminaries are producing candidates for Ph.Ds but are they producing leadership equipped to lead and visioneer churches in the context that best matches their spiritual gift mix?