Cultivating Community in the Seminary

Theological education is most easily and comprehensively achieved within a worshipping

and learning community such as that created by Jesus and the disciples – at least, that is the

accepted wisdom of history. Institutional theological education has been criticised in recent

years and colleges need to respond to the criticisms, but the difficulties faced by those who

try to deliver comprehensive student formation without such a community are great.

However, with the idea and practice of community undergoing a radical change in society

today, college communities are also changing, often diluted and occasionally dispensed with

altogether. The old model of a college where students and lecturers live, eat, worship and

minister together is increasingly rare.


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