Education

Higher Education Brings Higher Calling

Note: This story was retrieved from Ministry Today's archives and was published in Ministry Today Magazine in 2004.

Meet three pastors who left their churches to hit the books.

They are among a growing number of Pentecostals and charismatics pursuing higher education ... and a higher calling.

At 53, Bob Proy hit the books ... again. A former pastor with more than 20 years of ministry experience, Proy has spent the last several years in classrooms, furthering his education.

He recently earned masters' degrees in communication, and marriage and family counseling from Oral Roberts University (ORU). Now, he is devoting his doctoral studies at ORU to establishing an after-care program for inmates and their families.

Proy envisions establishing rehabilitation centers outside urban areas where ex-convicts and their families can be discipled while adjusting to post-prison life. And he says higher education is the spark that lit his vision for the future.

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The Great Leadership Incubator

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Learn @ Home?

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Higher Education

Whether you're just embarking on your Bible college studies or desiring to continue your education toward a higher degree, the following tips can help you find the program that's best for you.

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Are Seminaries Making the Grade?

Does the modern seminary provide adequate training for relevant ministry? Peter Wagner says it's time to change the way we prepare students for practical ministry.

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We Still Need Seminaries

In a rebuttal countering the argument that seminary education may not adequately train pastors for ministry, the dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Oral Roberts University stresses the important role they play in training the leaders of tomorrow.

Peter Wagner's critique of North American seminaries presented in his book Churchquake and in two Ministries Today articles ("What the Doctor Recommends," July/August 2000; and "Are Seminaries Making the Grade?" September/October 2000) can be summarized as follows:

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