The following article comes from Dan Philips and if you click on his name below you can go to where I took the quote from. I thought it was very appropriate. I do believe in Bible College and Seminary or whatever to get the best training possible but here at Vision Baptist Church and the Our Generation Training Center we major on the model of apprenticeship!
Notice the Biblical model is apprenticeship. The best model is a pastor leading men under his care in guided studies! The best preparation of pastors–well you get the idea–read the note below.
Though I earned an MDiv and am glad of it, I don’t think seminary is universally necessary, nor best.
The Biblical model is apprenticeship. Paul apprenticed Timothy, then urged him to do the same for other gifted men (Philippians 2:22; 1 Timothy 4:6; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2:1-2; 3:10-17; cf. Titus 1:5). And so, I think the best model is a pastor leading men under his care in guided studies and instruction in Greek, Hebrew, the Biblical sciences, pastoral ministry, and theology. Which I am assuming (in my ideal world) that the pastor has; as all pastors should.
The best model is preparation of pastors of churches by pastors of churches for producing men who will pastor churches. The best model is not academic instruction in a non-church environment by men who have not themselves been pastors.
Now, I said “not universally necessary.” It depends on where you’re heading. If you see yourself needing a level of academic expertise and recognition, then formal cred will be necessary. Dan Philips