I didn’t get a Ph.D. because I didn’t want one. I got an M.Div. because everyone said I needed one to follow my call — which I hear differently now; it isn’t extinguished — into the ministry.
Looking around at the talented people I know — who have between them a knack for making connections, self-directed learning and cutting out hallowed anachronisms — I definitely have buyer’s remorse for the M.Div.
There has to be a better way to prepare people for ministry, especially when the costs are so high and the professional prospects few and low-paying.
Articles like this — “Is a GED More Valuable Than a PhD?” by Kai Ma (The Daily Beast) — touch a nerve.