A story came across the email this morning about the state of the Episcopal Church’s seminaries. Unfortunately, this confirms everything that I’ve been thinking and gleaning from anecdotal evidence.
- Standalone seminaries are become less and less viable from a financial standpoint
- The reduction of funds means a reduction of full-time faculty which means:
- Our best people are forced elsewhere because our seminaries can’t afford them
- Adjunct faculty become a major fallback–and they are often less qualified than the people they are replacing (Of course, I say this as one adjuncting myself…)
- Technology is never an answer–but it may open opportunities for creative thinking along the lines of the Disseminary
- Distance learning can never and will never replace the formational importance of thrice daily corporate worship
I hope to graduate in May with the intent of (eventually) teaching in an Episcopal seminary. I’m starting to wonder about the long-term viability of that plan.