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I thought this was an interesting read, and I'm curious what everyone's thoughts on Bible College is. Personally, I am very much for Bible College, and I usually encourage young person to attend for at least one year. However, Bible college is not a Biblical qualification for a pastor, nor does God call everyone to Bible college. 

https://heartlandbaptist.edu/2020/01/bible-college-provides-a-solid-bible-foundation-for-life/

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I'm in favor of Bible college generally.  And, while it is not a biblical qualification, I think it is a help many times for a man who is going to be a pastor (and I would qualify that with making sure said Bible college is biblical, because they are not all, sadly).  

I would be hesitant to use Bible college as a discipling tool...I know the article did not promote that. But a baby Christian going to Bible college seems to be a set-up for problems. A new Christian ought to be discipled in their own church before going to any Bible college.  JMO.

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To rephrase the answer:
I also believe that discipleship should be done in the church.
Forgive me for the mistake.

 

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We have a bible institute that is taught by local pastors.

That means that a man can stay serving at the church where he was saved, grew, and was called to service, but still get a rounded "education".

Interestingly, of the four pastors currently involved we have one who was "big Bible college" (Heartland actually), one who was "small local college", one who was "evening Bible institute", and one was "direct mentored" by his pastor (with no "formal bible college education at all).

We have an ongoing discussion about the differences,  but all of us accept that options are useful and each of us has a valid preparation.

 

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The Bible Institute taught by local pastors is a good one if there are other local pastors in the area. I had a part in that type of training while I was in Alaska. It was very successful and needy at the time, since we were training two missionary families that were to go to Magadan, Far East Russia and they had very little time to prepare. This way they could still live at home, tend to things needing to be done before they left, like selling their homes and other needful things.

This was almost thirty years ago, they were very grateful for this type of opportunity, established two churches there with local pastors and returned home to missionary work in Alaska, One of them is pastoring a sister church to our original one in Alaska, which was started by the same missionary that started our original church.

As to BroMatt's OP, I think Bible colleges can be good if they are sound on doctrine and curriculum and only if sanctioned by a local NT Church.

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19 hours ago, Inacio Barb said:

To rephrase the answer:
I also believe that discipleship should be done in the church.
Forgive me for the mistake.

No worries. We have no problem with you posting a link to a college you endorse, but we also would like to hear what your thoughts are as well.

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