Why Do Pastors need Theological Education?

There are some within the church who believe that seminary training is a waste of time for future pastors.  It is true that the apostles in the early church were not academics.  The apostle Paul is the only exception given his Pharisaical upbringing.  Even though there weren’t any formal theological training centers in the Old and New Testaments, there was an expectation during the days of Abraham and Moses of parents teaching their children God’s laws.

Here are two passages in the OT, which illustrate my point:

“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him” (Genesis 18:19, ESV)

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, ESV).

These two passages, and their are others, indicate the responsibility of parents and leaders in teaching and imparting knowledge and wisdom into the next generation.  This is where seminary education comes into play.  At its best, the seminary setting functions as a training center for future preachers and teachers of God’s holy word.  This requires that seminaries should serve the church, which builds accountability between the seminary and the church.

The following link is a brief video with Dr. Michael Horton explaining the necessity of seminary education for pastors:

Interview with Michael Horton


One thought on “Why Do Pastors need Theological Education?

  1. […] my life where I notice God’s hand directing my footsteps.  Two weeks ago, I posted a short video with Dr. Michael Horton discussing the importance of theological training for the pastor-scholar. […]


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