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Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Karen, Dec 5, 2002.
I've always wondered - what specifically is a "preacher boy"?
It is a preacher in training.
Just curious: I know that Baptist colleges allow
women to be educated in many areas in their
schools; how would a Baptist seminary treat
a woman who wish to receive an education
toward ministering as a pastor?
Not that I am considering it . . . 8o) ! ! ! Just
Abiyah, good Baptist colleges would not train a woman to be an official minister in the church. There are various degrees that women can be part of for further learning and to be a greater asset in the church as a teacher and leader (of women and children).
Dorothy Patterson, has a Doctor of Ministry and I think a Doctor of Philosophy also. She is the wife of Paige Patterson, the fiery redhead that split the convention (thankfully).
Being new to the world of Baptists, could you
explain these people you mentioned and why it
was good that the convention was split?
Yes,but I have not been in churches that use the phrase. Is it an affectionate phrase, one of teasing or ridicule? Does it just apply to teen-age boys or ones in seminary? Would a man in his forties just called to the ministry be called one?
When I was in seminary--NOBTS--there was a lady who was takin' a pastoral work class with us Preacher boys!! The professor would call her his "Lonely Little Petunia in the Onion Patch!!"
Thanks for being my friend,
Karen - Here in my part of the country it is an affectionate phrase for young preachers. I've heard the term from the pulpit many times - often when speaking of a new preacher that was raised in that particular church.
It is a term that is used both in an affectionate and patronizing sense.
Most of us who have been around Baptist churches have encountered that 20 something young man who thinks that the ideas that he has originated with him and that his understanding of God's calling on his life entitles him to your unqualified respect.
When this behavior extends into the 30s and 40s (or 60s and 70s in the case of folks like Ruckman and Hyles), the term "preacher boy" is still applicable.