I know this subject has been talked to death, but I felt compelled to write as one who has attended and is currently teaching at Covington. Why did I go to Covington? The reason is simple; at the time I was working full time on a secular job, was a full time pastor, and a full time husband and father. While I didn’t need a degree to pastor my church, I did need practical and theological knowledge. Thankfully Covington had a satellite school in my area and I got the benefit of sitting in a classroom and being taught by other pastors. Many of these pastors were men who hold degrees from places like, Southeastern Seminary; New Orleans Seminary; and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, just to name a few. I know this because the qualifications of each professor is listed with the subject they are teaching. Even those without prestigious degrees have so much to offer a young pastor. These wonderful men of God give of their time freely so the cost will be within reach of any student. Ten years later I’m now teaching at Covington. I don’t have one of the prestigious degrees, but I do have twelve years experience as a pastor and a lot of time put in learning from those who were my Paul to this young Timothy. If you could attend one of these classes and see the Sunday school teachers, deacons and yes, even pastors who have worked all day and yet enthusiastically attend these courses, you might see it in a different light. Recently in one of these classes I watched an old pastor weep because he discovered that for years he had been preaching and teaching without any regard to the proper exegesis of Scripture. Many of our small southern churches have pastors who have never been to any type of Bible school. For generations their church has believed that a pastor only needs a calling from God and a heart for his people. While that is paramount, these pastors are now realizing that they need a better understanding of God’s Word and Covington is simply the best they can do. I do agree that if you can afford to and have the time to you should attend one of the more prestigious schools. But what about those who have families and are having to work a secular job while they pastor a church in an old warehouse? Is it better for them to just forgo any teaching than attend places like Covington? And while they could possibly take a correspondence course, and many do, there is nothing that can compare with classroom experience. I thank God for all those who teach and give of themselves that others might learn to share the good news of Jesus Christ more effectively.