Continuing education is important for pastors. As a pastor, within my letter of call, I am allowed two weeks each year in order to take some time out for continuing education classes. If I could do this within the next 5-6 years, part-time, while I continue my work in parish ministry, that would be a dream come true. I have been surfing the internet looking through the plethora of programs that are available–D.Min., Th.D. Doing a Th.D/Ph.D. requires a commitment of lots of time and money–neither of which I have an abundance of. The D.Min. route seems to be the easier but I won’t rule out doing a Th.D. either. I feel kind of lost in the forest of programs that are available.