On the Sharper Iron forum there is a discussion going on about the importance and validity of a seminary education. Here is my contribution to the discussion:
I think that my seminary education is a valuable resource and a tool. Yes, I said a tool. It is not the end all of everything, but it is one of many tools that God is using in my life to make me a better person.
I enjoy seminary and I am looking forward to the day when I will be finished, but for now I am making the best of the situation. If I did not believe in my seminary education then I am wasting my money by paying tuition, depriving my family by being gone so much, and wasting God’s time by not redeeming the time.
I do not think that my education will solve my problems or give me all the answers, but it will help me now and in the future.
Seminary is not for everyone, just like Bible college. You have to be committed and disciplined. You will learn a lot about yourself and other people in the process. It is a place where you can grow and learn, instead of the popular stereotype of people stagnating in their Christian life, thus the term of derision “cemetery”
One of the best parts of my seminary experience is the opportunity that I have to serve as a Pastoral intern in my local church. Even though it is an academic requirement, I would not trade the practical hands-on experience that I am receiving this year. The only regret is that the internship program is only for one calendar year and not for my entire seminary experience.