Saturday, April 05, 2008

More Seminary Thoughts

The article in today's NYT's by Richard Higgins has some thought-provoking quotes:
"What insights and skills are essential for the practice of transformative ministry in the 21st century, and how do we teach it?"
"The nation has 165 seminaries, but 39% of seminary students attend just 20 of them."
"Around 30 seminaries are in financial stress.."
"There may be just two kinds of seminaries, those with substantial endowments or effective annual giving and the nenexistent."
"Tuition covers 40% of the $7 million annual budget (of Andover-Newton)."
"We can't turn out pastors for a church that no longer exists."
"Perhaps half the people they see in the pews didn't grow up in that faith tradition."
Good quotes to chew on!


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