Ordination and Education

Discussion in 'Church Office' started by Ben Chomp, May 30, 2019.

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  1. Ben Chomp

    Ben Chomp Puritan Board Freshman

    Many excellent seminaries offer distance programs that are not MDiv programs. RTS, for example, offers a nice program wherein one can get their MABS (including Hebrew and Greek) completely from a distance.

    Would you ordain a man who otherwise seemed well qualified but held such a degree rather than a traditional Mdiv? Why or why not?
     
  2. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

  3. Hamalas

    Hamalas whippersnapper

    It would be unwise to give a categorical "yes" or "no." Certainly there are men who might have an online degree and be clearly gifted, called, and qualified. But there are others who clearly wouldn't. I wouldn't rule it out, but a man who had a primarily on-line degree would raise questions in my mind. Ultimately, this is part of why Presbyteries have a say in whether or not to ordain a man. A degree (whether physical or virtual) shouldn't be enough to guarantee ordination.
     
  4. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    I know one PCA pastor with no seminary degree....
     
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  5. jawyman

    jawyman Puritan Board Junior

    My OPC pastor does not have a seminary degree and he's one of the best preachers I have ever sat under. God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. Just my :2cents:.
     
  6. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Good to hear from you again, Jeff!
     
  7. jawyman

    jawyman Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks Ken, it is good to be back.
     
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