What about Seminary?
A Seminary offers an advanced degree training for clergy. Advanced degree means
that it is for people who have already completed four years of college, four
years of high school, and eight years of grammar school.
It is the same with other professions like medicine, law, engineering, physics, chemistry and such. When one reaches the top of the heap with a PhD, you have twenty-some years of schooling behind you, not unlike the ancient Druids.
Like the other advanced programs, seminary provides an array of topics. Parts of what is being taught are resources, community, techniques, and different ways of thinking.
The Craft is acquiring an increasing number of formal seminaries beyond online and mail-order offerings. An important part of such schooling is the rubbing of shoulders with fellow students, learning by doing, and the opportunity to be close to some of the masters. More than one Wiccan has been known to enroll into a Christian seminary just for the formal training provided.
Study areas in mainstream seminary might be:
There are other topics worth considering, such as expectations of Pagans towards clergy. Conspicuously absent in seminary programs is much in the way of administrative or leadership training.
Following seminary, there are two other steps typically prescribed in mainstream denominations. There is Clinical Pastoral Education, also known as Chaplaincy. This may involve formal training and several months duty under supervision in a hospital emergency room. See VITAS. The idea is for you to experience what goes on there so it will not be your first time when you are on your own.
Second, there is typically a period of internship within a congregation and again under supervision.
Some of the seminaries of varying credentials out there are:
In mainstream denominations, there is a "discernment process" with frequent decision points along the road into ministry. Many more feel the urge to be clergy that belong in that position. The Elders feel obligated to weed out those they see as unsuited for the call.
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