First of all let me say that I have no problem with Covington, ( I really dont know that much about them, except I have heard more negative than positive) nor do I have a problem with Southern Baptist Pastors (some of my favorite Pastors are Southern Baptist). I have been looking for a new church home here lately and have visited a number of Southern Baptist Churches and have found some really good ones as far as I am concerned. I have had the opportunity to sit down with some of the pastors and talk and have noticed that many of the pastors that I have talked with ( theres over 50 SBC in my county and within driving distance) have degrees from Covington, some had bachelors and some doctors, and one was in his first year of his associates. Did Covington used to be a Southern Baptist School or come recommended by the SBC? I just find it funny that many of the pastors in my area are graduates of Covington. When talking with the pastor who is in his first year I asked him about it, and he said that another SBC pastor recommended Covington to him, and that he loves it! He said that he wasnt to familiar with all the acrreditation debates about: whether or not a pastor should go to accredited or non accredited college. He did say that he has a brother in law who has spent about $45,000 on college to get up to his Doctors degree, and that after all of that he is now pastoring a church of only about 30 people, and having a very hard time paying the bills and paying back all that money that he borrowed for school. He informed me that this did play a part in him making Covington his final decision, but also told me that when ordering a few books for his work at Covington, that his brother in law had to have some of the same books when he was enrolled in the Baptist College of Florida in Gracevlle, so he figured whats the difference. Evidentally Covington and the Baptist College of Florida cant be that much different if they are requiring some of the same text books. Anyways he didnt know if Covington used to be a SBC school or if it came recommended by the SBC, so does anyone know? Do you think that this pastor made a wise decision in choosing Covingotn over an accredited school? Should the debt situation play any part in a pastor choosing a school?