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April 21, 2009

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ryan kemp-pappan

Lee, If we are anymore careful with who gets in to seminary I fear an even greater elitist class serving as "minister."

What is the answer? Folks sitting in the pews need to put their money where their mouths are. If we believe that an educated clergy [and I do] is important to have then we must support the system.

Mark Baker-Wright

Ryan,

Perhaps your experience is different than mine. I'm used to seminaries taking pretty much anybody willing to come (and pay), because the seminary I've spent the most time at (more than a decade including completing my degree and working on staff) is tuition-driven in terms of its operating income. And many folks who come and get a degree find themselves not only unable to find a job afterward, but actually unsuited for the work they've trained for. If CPM's keep these people from undertaking the expense of seminary before they've paid it, that's a good thing!

I would certainly not wish to advocate an "elitist" model of ministry. But I do think that discernment as to who attends is not an entirely bad idea. A discernment process is supposed to be exactly that, and if the discernment is "this person is actually called to non-ordained ministry" I consider that process successful (although I would wish for a clear "...because he/she is called to this other specific vocation," which may or may not be in view as things stand).

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