Seminary 2.

Bringing Biblical Education into the 21st Century

Goals of Seminary 2.0

All of the rigor None of the obstacles Open to anyone Accountable to the Church

Current Obstacles to a Seminary Education

Money Time Location

Obstacle: Money

Seminary is extremely expensive Usually more than $10,000 per year

Debt burden for starting pastors Makes seminary unavailable for laity

Obstacle: Time

Scheduling work and seminary is nearly impossible Those with unpredictable jobs (like pastors, for instance) need flexibility

Need to be able to start and stop as your personal situation allows

Obstacle: Location

Not every town has a seminary Many people have to drive 3 hours to get to seminary, for 6 hours of driving time - 72 hours each semester!

3rd world countries have very little access to Biblical training at all

Seminary 2.0 Removes Obstacles

Free - content available for everyone, personalized instruction available with Church sponsorship Internet-based - accessible from anywhere

Go at your own pace - courses are pre-recorded, assignments can be done as time is available

Seminary for Everyone

Which aspects of how to interpret the Bible and care for the Church should only be available to the pastor? What are you hiding from the laity and why?

Are laity really part of God’s holy priesthood? Seminary-level education for laity should be encouraged, especially if we remove the obstacles

Scholarship in the Church

Church cannot answer basic questions from the culture - needs more than pat answers Church lacks understanding of attacks against it both from within and without

Church members are vulnerable because of lack of solid Biblical training Church members have trouble caring for each other because of lack of pastoral training

Accountability to the Church Current seminaries are largely
accountable to denominations, not Churches In the interest of Academic freedom (which is good when in measure) the importance of Biblical doctrine has been lost

Many theology departments seek the approval of secular academic bodies more than the approval of God Worse yet, more don’t see the distinction

Accountability to the Church
Partial Solution: Make seminary professors on the Church’s payroll

Full Solution: Raise up a generation of scholars who seek God first Potential Problem: Church may see academic inquiry as a threat, and become overly dogmatic and closeminded Potential Solution: Have more lay people with seminary-level training!

Seminary 2.0 Requirements

Church must invest in scholarship Church must foster an atmosphere for questioning

Church must value cooperation Church must value their laity as contributors Church must invest in their libraries

A Seminary 2.0 Classroom: The Student Thelocal scholar Student Works with a
Attends classes online, does self-review Submits assignments to local scholar Scholar gives feedback on assignments Student reviews feedback, and studies appropriately

Creates a video lectures (easy to do with Keynote and similar programs) Uses online tool to build self-reviews for the lectures

A Seminary 2.0 Classroom: The Scholar The Scholar

As students take the class, reviews assignments and provides feedback for students

A Seminary 2.0 Classroom: Additional Scenarios Additionalconnection to a Scenarios People with no
Church can watch the videos freely and do the self-reviews Churches can form networks to share scholars with specialties

Scholars can use lesson material developed by other scholars

Seminary 2.0

All of the rigor None of the obstacles Open to anyone Accountable to the Church