One point that I don't remember being brought up, the debt load that students end up with at the end of college and seminary. Back in the day (I went through in the '70s) a few students, I'm sure, ended up with student loans to pay off - but nothing like what is typical today. It ends up a double wammy for pastors - longer schooling and generally a lower paying career. The debt load was not as much of a problem in previous generations of pastors.
Something to consider. One must not only consider whether the Synod (any church body) can afford to maintain the educational institutions required for the traditional parth to ordination - can the students afford the education with no assurance of a call at the end of the process and an almost guarentee that if there is a call, it will not be that well paying, especially when the student loans are figured in.
Solutions? Who do you think I am Solomon? I don't know.
Thanks, Dan for brining (sic) that point up. One that I was surprised didn't come up earlier.
The accruement of debt is a huge factor for seminarians today. The reality is that the debt issue for potential students and students is not a question of "will I have to take out loans?" but "how much will I have to take out?". Unless one is wealthy or comes from a wealthy background i.e. has a rich relative or is a trust fund baby $20,000 is at least what he or she will come out with and that may be with considerable financial support from home congregation and home district. When I graduated from St. Louis in 2009 it was around $35,000 a year for single students (that's factoring in health insurance, car, etc.). What's sad is that I came back from vicarage my 4th year with considerable financial support. I had huge support from my home congregation and district and along with what I had saved up during vicarage. And yet I still had to take out a loan for $3,000. Basically, I entered my 4th year at the seminary with $16,000 to put towards my education and that still wasn't enough. There's something that's off here, especially considering that both seminaries recently built or are building new structures on their campuses.
|Robert Preus had a plan to eliminate student loan debt,|
so they caned him and canned him.