When I originally entered seminary, it was in a pretty traditional setting. A walled-in, ivy-laden campus with bearded men roaming the grounds, coffee-in-hand. We had a set schedule of classes that we dutifully went to, staring at Powerpoint presentations of varying quality, accompanied by live lecture and in-the-moment Q&A. My classmates and I would spend all our free hours together debating, arguing, refining, and sharing all our theological growth and such.
But after one year there, circumstance and convictions led me to leave that school. I worked for several years, but now I’m back in seminary, in a distance program. These two schools have similar doctrinal convictions, professorial pedigree, institutional history, and such. Therefore, I feel that I’ve been able to experience distance seminary education in a way that hopefully can give insight to anyone out there considering what sort of program to enter.
The first post gives “5 Advantages of Distance Seminary Education“:
- You make your own schedule
- You can stay invested in your church community and ministry
- It’s often more thoughtful and grace-filled
- The depth and diversity of community
- It’s Incarnational and humbling
The second is “5 Disadvantages of Distance Seminary Education“:
- You have to create your own structure
- You have less immediate access to the professors—or none at all
- It’s greater temptation to be dishonest
- Reading, reading, and more reading. Oh, and writing
- The experience is less cohesive
Click on those links for more thoughts on each of those points. And don’t forget to leave your own thoughts!