m.div. vs. m.a.
my struggle over the past couple of years acedmically is still plaguing me, even though i am taking classes at saint paul school of theology. my struggle is that an m.div. is what will get me ordained in the future and is what they push all students who will be in "ministry" sometime in the future. the m.div. deals with some theology and biblical criticism, but for the most part focuses on pastoral care, preaching, liturgy, etc. very practical kinds of things, which are very import. what i really want is to go as deep as i can into theology and church history because i think the way church is going to need to change, only a good background in history and theology will get us there. our theology needs to move forward and cause our practices to change radically. i don't want to take a homiletics class and learn a modern way of preaching, when i know i will never preach those types of sermons. not because they're bad, because it's not who i am. i think that is wasting valuable time, resources, and money. scholarship is extremely important and i love to read and think deep and allow God to take my brain places it has never been and i strongly believe christians need to develop this if we are going to make a successful transition into this foreign world/age we're in. it just seems to me that an m.a. in theology is going to be more helpful in getting me to the point where i'm ready to work in a church or better yet plant a church. an m.a. doesn't mean i can't take the courses on pastoral care, or administration because i'll need those at some point, maybe. the m.div. is built for modern thinks/pastors. i'm not modern, nor will the people that i am living life with. theology and history are not quite as bound to culture as methods and practices are. those are some of the things i'm dealing. anyone out there struggling through the same kinds of things? any suggestions?