Is Seminary Required for Church Planters?

Episode 718

What role does seminary play in the development of a fruitful church planter? Host Clint Clifton talks with Doug Logan and Michael Crawford about the pro/con of seminary for church planters.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How seminaries can be a powerful asset to assist the local church
  • Advantages and disadvantages of seminary training
  • The importance of seminary alignment with the Church
  • The danger of seminary-created entitlement and pride
  • How a seminary might meaningfully partner with a local church

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches)

Seminaries can be a powerful asset to assist the local church to equip people who are going out. — Michael Crawford

Many seminaries have a cookie-cutter, American-education model in which it’s not necessarily accessible, sometimes not affordable and sometimes hard to achieve. — Doug Logan

The guys who come from seminary feel entitled, comparatively speaking, to the other guys. They require a lot of funding. And then the guys who don’t go to seminaries, in general, largely show up hungry. @ClintJClifton

Students who go to seminary may take that with them to ministry. What they’re really doing is recreating a seminary-type experience. And they’ll get students not disciples. And then they’ll complain that they don’t have disciples. — Michael Crawford

There’s a difference between education and training. We need to robustly know the text, but there’s no requirement for theological education in the Bible. — Doug Logan

You see these patterns emerge and it’s hard not to just say, “Hey, what’s broken about our seminary environment?” Seminary takes three years to get in and 10 years to get out. @ClintJClifton

If you don’t go to church, you don’t need to go to seminary. Why would you go to seminary if you don’t go to church? I don’t want a bunch of Anakin Skywalkers. I want to train guys who are committed to the Jedi order. — Doug Logan

Published November 15, 2022

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