The One Year Seminary

This is certainly one approach to adult education. I wonder how you structure your faith formation for adults. KLD

Columbia Connections

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Every once is a while (like last month, in fact) I get a call from a church leader wanting ideas about creating a mini-seminary in their congregations. While that idea is driven by a sincere desire to make Christian education more meaningful and effective in their congregations, I remain suspect of that approach. I believe that any congregation will be well-served by taking Christian education more seriously and, by going about its practice in more intentional ways. But I also believe that a seminary is one thing and a church another—and when it comes to educating in faith, the two should not be confused.

However, I appreciate the well-intentioned efforts of those who want a more rigorous “school of faith” in their congregations.

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One thought on “The One Year Seminary

  1. Angela says:

    The One Year Seminary is a provocative thought and a plausible joint endeavor between Christian Education in the local church and Seminaries. The idea of seminaries joining efforts with the local church to mature Christian in their faith is a win win collaboration!

    First, this effort will not only strengthen ones spiritual journey and ministry, but it will also be a preperatory opportunity to provide seminaries with students who are ready on day one to enter seminary with a broader practical theological context.

    Second, this prepartory opportunity will expand the critical thought process to help seminarians “Ask Bigger Questions” of how their seminary experiences speak to their larger purpose and meaning through Jesus Christ.

    Finally, the multi-level boundaries that have been placed around how we teach Christianity are disintegrating, e.g., Presbyterian 1001 Worshipping Communities. Christianity is about living ones life through faith in God the Father, Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity permeates and breaks down all boundaries of learning and sharing Christ.


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