An online article over at Forbes by Jerry Bower entitled, “The Seminary Bubble” has been making its way through my email and Facebook portals today. Bower ably analyzes the problem with traditional forms of seminary education, but doesn’t give solutions (yet). Without reiterating the whole article (which you can quickly read for yourself), I can tell you that I am also of the belief that the delivery system of seminary education is going to have to change significantly in coming years and decades, not only if it is going to survive, but also if it is genuinely going to serve the needs of the Church and the priorities of Christ’s Kingdom.
Bower ends with the tantalizing line: “There must be a better way [to do seminary], and in fact there is a better way – the original one. Technology is the pin which is beginning to burst the seminary bubble.” He promises to tell us what this “better way” is in a post next week…I’m interested to see what he says.
But in anticipation of Bower’s suggestions, let’s brainstorm: If in fact technology is bursting the seminary bubble (and I’m guessing that technology is going to come into play in Bower’s solution, but I’m not sure…), then what is the better way to do seminary? Or maybe better yet, we should be asking whether seminary is just one of those institutions that will eventually (and should) die?
I’m ready to hear your opinion. Anything goes. Don’t worry about feasibility–addressing that can come later. Who’s gonna be first?