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Mark Pickles, Oak Hill's Director of Anglican Ministry Training, responds to news that a leading Anglican college will cease training full-time ordinands.
In the light of the recent announcement by a leading theological college to close its doors to new applicants for full-time training and the debate concerning the comparative merits of part-time and non-residential training to residential full-time training, we too must have a grace-driven approach to the question. The question is not what kind of training will prove adequate and sufficient but what is the best possible training that we can give to future gospel ministers to help make them the best possible gifts to the church that Paul speaks of in Ephesians?
Is that training part-time non-residential, or full-time residential? The answer (how to put this delicately?) is a no-brainer. Of course it is full-time residential but then guess who is writing this? Someone who is employed as Director of Anglican Training at a residential theological college that trains people full-time! In the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies, 'He would say that, wouldn't he?' To which the answer is, 'Yes, of course I would!'
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Don Carson recently posted on the Gospel Coalition blog calling for seminaries to have an integrated curriculum taught by a passionate faculty. Dan Strange responds.
Over at the Gospel Coalition, a number of distinguished seminary professors and presidents are asked, 'What is one thing you would change about seminary?' Don Carson's 'utopian' vision concerns an integrated curriculum, together with a faculty who are passionate about an integrated curriculum.
Well, jumping up and down like that little kid in the classroom bursting to tell his teacher his news, here at Oak Hill we are attempting to develop precisely the integration Carson is talking about. Our newly revalidated CertHE, FdA and BA (Hons) curriculum attempts to break down the specialisms and compartmentalization between theological disciplines, while preserving their distinctive contributions to the required rigorous training and formation of men and women for gospel ministry. It's about a curriculum that structurally evidences a key feature of knowledge: 'unity and diversity' and 'one and manyness'.
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