Very interesting article at CT on What is the Biggest Change that Evangelical Seminaries Need to Make Right Now? with contributions from Dan Kimball, Cheryl Sanders, and Winfield Bevins. I liked these thoughts:
Dan Kimball on the need for more pathos:
If seminary professors could teach preaching and other skills more passionately, seminary students would more completely develop a passion for evangelism. The global church would also stand to benefit greatly. This kind of seminary graduate as a career pastor might help every faithful Christian have a heart that is broken for a neighbor or friend who doesn’t know Jesus yet. I am not at all suggesting that we lower the academic level of teaching or ignore scholarship. Keep that at a high level. But all seminary instruction is best viewed in light of and evaluated by how it fuels the hearts and minds of students to serve as missionaries in their world.
Winfield Bevins on seminary and church planting:
Imagine what it would look like if seminary students with institutional support were required to go out together and plant churches in the most unreached parts of our nation. What if they were coached, mentored, and given a vision to make disciples, reach lost people, and plant churches? Maybe then our seminaries would produce more church planters to reach the radically unchurched of our nation for Christ.