Thursday, January 15, 2009

Matt Cleaver on being trained for a job that won't be there long

Matt Cleaver has an excellent, thought-provoking post on how the seminary system is training people to lead institutions that likely won't exist 10-20 years down the road. Here's an excerpt:

"When I was at Solomon’s Porch on Sunday night, Doug Pagitt said something to the effect that when he was going to seminary he was being trained for an industry that was dying and would likely cease to exist (and that those of us in seminary should think about that). He compared it to being trained as a typewriter repairman in the late 80s. It’s a scary thought for those of us pouring thousands of dollars into a seminary degree.

But I think I totally agree."

Read more here.


Matt Cleaver said...

Thanks for the link and your thoughts.

A few more thoughts... although an alternative system of training and education might need to be developed and embraced by the academy, we also need leaders of local congregations, like you and me, to start pushing for and supporting such a model. It will take movement on multiple levels to really re-imagine Christian leadership training.

andy said...

*GULP* "what have I gotten myself into..."

jeremy said...


have you read the book: Church Next written by Eddie Gibbs?

Eddie argues essentially the same thing.