For those whose career is not headed toward being a Theology Professor, is getting a PhD in Theology helpful in preparing one for "regular" church Pastoral ministry? A few examples of where this is coming from: I have heard that a Seminary professor considered it sinful for a man preparing for ministry to not pursue the highest level of education of which he was capable and financially able to attain...(he was refering to a doctorate). At my own Seminary (SBTS), it was generally assumed and even stated that a MDiv (90 hrs) should be the "standard" Ministry degree, and that those who "settled for a M.Arts (50-60 hrs) were selling themselves short, or not living up to expectations. P.S. I'm not anti-education, and Had I been single with no kids on the way, probalby would have continued to get the MDiv... But is a Focused PhD in a narrow field really helpful for one who is either preparing for, or already engaged in, Pastoral Ministry?