Is A Seminary Degree Really Worth It? with Princeton's Dr. Craig Barnes [Podcast]


The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Dr. Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary, about the value of a seminary degree and leading the church through changing times. 

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Dr. Craig Barnes became President of Princeton Theological Seminary in January 2013, where he also serves as a professor of pastoral ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary and his Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Chicago.

Before his presidency of Princeton, Dr. Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings, and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for The Christian Century.

His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the theological formation of pastors to lead the church in changing times.

Dr. Barnes talks with William about:

  • Reaching out to multiple faith traditions in the seminary sector
  • Adapting to changing trends in theological education
  • Communicating to a theologically diverse audience
  • Trends in church planting


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Quotes from Craig:

The best way to shape a future pastor is to be in a community of learning.Tweet: The best way to shape a future pastor is to be in a community of learning. via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

There is always a constant pull between faith and scholarship. Tweet: There is always a constant pull between faith and scholarship. via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

Seminary exists to form souls, not just fill up minds.  Tweet: Seminary exists to form souls, not just fill up minds. via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

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