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What is the Level of Education that a Pastor has?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by lionroar0, Feb 5, 2006.

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  1. lionroar0

    lionroar0 Coffee drinker

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    In OBOB we were discussing the level of eduction a priest has before becoming ordained. Education level of Catholic Priests.

    Then I started wondering what level of educations non-catholic pastors have.

    So here it goes. What level of education do non-catholic pastors?

    Peace
     
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  2. Dragons87

    Dragons87 The regal Oriental kind; not evil princess-napper

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    A degree from a seminary, at least?
     
  3. Peaceful Dove

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    Does anyone know how long that takes?

    We have a few folks in our area, one I know very well has only been a Christian about 2 years who is starting his own Church.
    He has no formal training or schooling at all above High School.
     
  4. Gwenyfur

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    My husband who is now in seminary, will have a bachelor's degree in theology...when he finishes in 4 more years...
    That makes 5 years total education after high school...

    We'll be pushing 40 when he's done...

    He takes both secular courses such as math, science, history, english as well as theology courses...
    Hope that answer the question..

    Oh and he's baptist...
     
  5. Peaceful Dove

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    Ahhh, very good, solid education.
    I can see why Baptist Pastors are so well grounded in their faith.
    Congratulate and encourage your dear husband for me, please.
    Oh, and congratulations and encouragement to you and your family.
    This is a tough time for you all.
    My husband got is graduate degree after we were married and I know what
    it can be like.
     
  6. Gwenyfur

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    Thank you PeacefulDove :)

    God's blessings and peace be with you as well :prayer:
     
  7. IgnatiusOfAntioch

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    Doctorate in Theology
     
  8. mesue

    mesue Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.

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    I posted this in another forum
     
  9. lionroar0

    lionroar0 Coffee drinker

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    Hi Mesue

    I like your post very much. It reminds me that while education is important eudcation with out formation can also be lacking. I guess my next question would be does education also inlcude formation?

    Peace
     
  10. Peaceful Dove

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    I think it goes a bit broader than what you are pointing out.

    In fact, I think it does with nursing, too but that is another topic.

    My best buddy is a Catholic Priest. He is my age, 69 yrs old and it is possible some of the schooling might have changed. He has had 12 years of formal education.
    He is a Bible Scholar. Part of his schooling was in Hebrew College where he studied scripture in ancient languages. He knows the translations and pretty much the meaning of the Gospels and Jesus teachings. This is good education.
    He also spent many years learning Church history, in his case, the first 5 centuries which he dovoted much time in.
    I won't go into more but hoping you get the idea.
    Along with that, for every day of those 12 years, he also spent a minumum of 3 hours a day in prayer.
     
  11. lionroar0

    lionroar0 Coffee drinker

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    Survey says Ding! :)

    Peace
     
  12. eladoni

    eladoni And the Brain.

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    In the lutheran church, you go to the seminary. I think it takes about 5-6 years. you leave with a doctorite of divinity I believe.

    In the lcms lutheran church, you have to serve a 1 year vickerage, where you are essentially the assistant pastor, etc. this takes place after your 3rd year, and you go back and finish in the 5th.

    another differance that I'm not sure exists, is that all the lcms lutheran pastors have to know greek and hebrew, so they can read the bible in the original languages. they also should probably have a smattering of german and latin too.

    My dad was ordained as a pastor, so if you have any questions specific to that denomination, I'd be happy to ask him.

    I personally plan on taking the route also. :clap:
     
  13. eladoni

    eladoni And the Brain.

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    I could definatly see that. taking care of a congregation is a HUGE responsibility. It takes me a while to get through my prayers, and my friends are very limited.
     
  14. FriarTuck

    FriarTuck Senior Veteran

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    ElCA Lutheran Pastors have to have a bachelors degree, preferably in the social sciences. Then they do Three years of seminary. They have to know greek before entering seminary and learn Hebrew as well. In between middle and senior year they have to do a year internship. They also have spend some time doing clinical pastoral education (CPE) in a hospital. They graduate with a Master of Divinity.

    This is Luther Seminary's program http://www.luthersem.edu/catalog/05_07/mdiv.asp
     
  15. mesue

    mesue Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.

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    I expected as much, and you are entitled to think. :)
    :scratch: Is this a written law somewhere? This 3 hour limit? What if they can only pray 2:59:59? Does that count?
    Anyway, I've been a nurse for more than 16 years. Experiance takes over after a fashion. I had a few Catholic Priest friends, and a few Pastor friends. I find that scholarly education counts for little if you're not in God's will. And squat if you do nothing but profile with it. As I've seem some pompus "went to Hebrew school" church leaders do. More commonly known as Religiously Lost Gas Bags. Or tinkling cymbols as Paul so aptly put it.
    Peace be unto you.
     
  16. Iollain

    Iollain Jer 18:2-6

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    I think a faithful man would go with the ministry well. Able does not always mean faithful.
     
  17. mesue

    mesue Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.

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    Nor does well educated mean capable.
     
  18. Iollain

    Iollain Jer 18:2-6

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    True, education cannot instill faith
     
  19. Iollain

    Iollain Jer 18:2-6

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    Education does not equal called either.
     
  20. Gwenyfur

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    My husband entered already knowing Hebrew...thanks to his jewish inlaws :thumbsup:

    However he is having to learn greek, and he's struggling with it a bit. He caught onto Hebrew easily...so he's confused with Greek being difficult for him...but he's doing his best to muddle on through.

    I ordered a parallel Bible for him for his b'day (hope it gets here in time!) but it's english/greek/hebrew so I do hope it will help.
     
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