I just clicked a word ad on my gmail inbox page. “Online Pastor Degrees” made me curious.
I don’t think you can learn to be a pastor strictly through an online program. It makes about as much sense as learning to be a pastor cloistered away at some ivory tower institution like a seminary.
Not to demean the value of theological education, but it seems clear that classes, credit hours, and degree plans are not all it takes for one to be prepared to pastor.
I read recently that my denomination’s University Senate released a statement opposing online seminary training. (I wonder if any United Methodist seminaries had pursued such programs? I wonder if the University Senate’s opposition is related at all to which particular seminaries had developed and excelled at online education)
“Effectiveness” is the watch word for all things United Methodist these days. Would you agree that one cannot gain all that is needed to be an effective clergy through an online degree? Would you agree that one cannot gain all that is needed to be an effective clergy through a degree earned at a brick-and-mortar seminary?