Clergy and study leave

As pastors, most of us get two weeks off for study leave (or continuing education, i.e., C.E.) per year so I'm taking advantage of this.  Some pastors don't use their study leave even though it's available to them. Do you think pastors should be taking study leave every year? Do you think it'll help the …

How much of what you learn is truly useful on-the-job or for ministry?

How much of what you've learn throughout university or college was actually useful on the job?  Throughout seminary, not everything I've read has shaped the way I actually carry out ministry.  Throughout your own life, you may find that  though you may agree with 75% or more of the books you've read, they aren't necessarily …

Beginning D.Min studies

There will be a new thing happening in my life soon.  I'm enrolled in a D.Min. program (part-time) at Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada.  I had been thinking about doing further studies in theology/ministry for a while now and decided to apply; and I was just accepted this summer.  Yippee! I already have a …

Free M.A. in biblical studies

Charles Halton at awilum.com put a list of free open courses available through iTunes U and university web pages (HT: Joel W).  Actually, if you search around the internet, you can find a load of free lectures from many seminaries and universities.  It's not for those who want a real theological education with the whole …

On a search for continuing education

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 …