If you are not up to TIC humor and sarcasm, you might not be up to this thread . . . Since another thread brought up the concept of a union card level of education for Baptist pastors (SBC), I thought maybe we should see if there should be a union card level for seminary professors. The average church is 60 to 80 . . . so could we start with half that size for the minimum? Honestly, if we can think that a master's degree if required to pastor a church of 30, what should be the minimum requirement to teach a man that pastors a church of 30? I think I would agree that a Bachelor's in the field, an MDiv in the field, a PhD. in the field and years of pastoral experience would be a good start. Well while we set standards . . . what about teaching pastors that will pastor a church of 300? Now that is five times the size of an 'average', so would we require that the pastor have a better education? I think so, why not a better cadre of professors? Most certainly! Now it would be crazy to automatically require a professor to have five times the education, but would it be crazy to require a professor to have two (2) times the education? I would want a better professor. Maybe we could demand better professors. Now how about for churches of 3,000? Four times the education that we require for a professor of a church of 300? Why I think we have a GREAT minimum. 8 PhD's to teach in a Bible college. Why not 16 to teach in a Bible university. And why not 32 to teach at a seminary? And to make certain they are good Baptists, why not 64 years as a member of Baptist churches? Maybe I just took the other thread the wrong way, but at what time do we quit educating and start ministering?