There seems to be very little discussion anywhere on the forum in regards to seminary. I hope this is not a forbidden topic. Maybe it would be easier to talk about Protestant or Roman Catholic Seminaries rather than our own.
Allow me to perhaps seed the discussion with this quote in regards to theory versus practice as it applies to the seminary:
"Seminaries . . . give their graduates skills to study the Bible and theology but not skills to
lead the modern church. . . . The seminaries . . . continue to emphasize academics. . . .
Pastors believe seminary professors do not understand their need for ministry skills or
mentors. Professors often view pastors and the church as “anti-intellectual.” Seminaries often
turn a deaf ear to the needs of the local church and arrogantly defend scholarly education."
....from John Woodyard, Program Officer, The M .J. Murdock Charitable Trust Review of
Graduate Theological Education in the Pacific Northwest, “Executive Report.”
"This narrow focus on scholasticism in seminary education left no room for the Holy
Spirit to move or guide the learning process. From the very beginning at Harvard
there was explicit rejection of the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance as something
foreign to the structure of theological education and the related authority of Puritan
"When the Great Awakening revivalist, George Whitefield, criticized Harvard and
Yale for their spiritual decline in 1740, the leaders of Harvard and Yale criticized
Whitefield and rejected Whitefield’s position that the Holy Spirit could directly
guide and empower God’s people without the mediation of theologically trained
"In 1744, when Whitefield was back in New England, the Harvard faculty replied indignantly,
characterizing Whitefield as “an uncharitable, censorious and slanderous Man,” and, worst
of all, an “Enthusiast,” meaning he claimed direct guidance from the Spirit of God. . . .
Harvard professors and their clerical supporters correctly perceived that Whitefield was a
threat to their whole system of social authority." from Marsden, The Soul of the American University,