Thursday, August 20, 2009

Education in the Kingdom of God

I've been slowly working through Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: Training Leaders for a Church-Planting Movement by Paul R. Gupta and Sherwood G. Lingenfelter. Basically, it's the story of how Hindustan Bible Institute broke away from the tradition paradigm of Theology School and Seminaries. Instead of seeking accredidation from outside groups and exclusively teaching in the formal setting, this institute has sought to truly train leaders to plant a new church in every village in India.

As a current graduate student, this raises some interesting questions. How important is proper accredidation for a school? Does God measure a school the same way that we do as students? Is the purpose of an undergraduate degree, or even a masters degree, only to prepare a person for more education or is it to make a difference in the Kingdom right away?

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  1. The basic difference I found in my undergraduate studies verses my graduate or seminary studies was the degree of critical thinking I was expected to bring to the table. In college it was still pretty much researching what others said about a topic and reinterpreting to demonstrate my grasp of the issues. In seminary it was not just about reinterpreting or reframing as it was thinking critically and offering my own personal take on the issue. However, This too is pretty short sighted if all education is about is critically breaking things down. WE MUST MOVE ON TO DOING SOMETHING!

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