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  1. Dr. Clark,

    I agree that totally distance learning has severe limitations. What do you think of a program like LAMP? The curriculum is provided through distance, but it is more taught locally through the local pastor. Here’s a link:

    I think it’s a very intriguing alternative for ministry for those who have a hard time with going to seminary after they’ve got kids and a job. It does not have the downsides you’ve mentioned corresponding to long-distance learning.

    In Christ.

    • I’m a little familiar with LAMP.

      Again, I go back to the medical analogy. We haven’t trained physicians this way since the 18th and 19th centuries. Would you go to a physician trained this way?

      Is a minister’s vocation lower or less demanding than a physicians?

  2. I’m not sure but that I would go to a physician trained in a LAMP-like fashion. The fact that the medical profession has made great strides in technology and abilities may or may not have had much to do with how physicians are trained. A lot of advances in medicine have been made by pharmaceutical companies, medical engineering companies, etc.

    LAMP is by no means circumventing the usual ordination process, including the exams. Nor would the analogous training method in medicine necessarily circumvent the Board exams. I suppose one objection to a LAMP-like training method might be that a physician trained this way would get a one-sided view of things: it would be colored entirely by his experience with one physician. To that I would say that LAMP by no means discourages multiple pastors from mentoring a student. In the same way, you could easily (and probably preferably!) have multiple physicians training new students. Again, I would argue that precisely the same thing can happen in a medical school. Institutions, the same as individuals, can have their blind spots. I think of the Harvard school of physics, which was insufferably self-referential for quite a few years: if you quoted someone in a paper, it was generally another Harvard physics person. In fact, it might be that sometimes the institution’s blind spot is more subtle, because the student might assume that because there are so many people around, they must all be correcting each others’ errors, and the result is perfection! Whereas, with only a few people training him, the student would more likely be on his guard against academic provincialism. 10,000 Frenchmen can still be wrong.

    In Christ.

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