Teaching Theology… For Profit?
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At South University in Savannah, a handful of students are starting classes toward a new Doctor of Ministry degree. Among this pilot class of four students is Gregory Kinsey, of Green Pond, South Carolina. Kinsey says he’s been a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 15 years — but that's not his only job.
"I’m bivocational," Kinsey says. "I do work in a school system as an administrator, and I just wanted to enhance my ministry."Kinsey says he likes the fact that this theology program draws students from a variety of denominations.
Robb Redman is dean of the College of Theology at South University. He says this for-profit college can also operate more efficiently, with fewer faculty and more practical classes like counseling, rather than biblical Greek. Redman says most seminaries depend on the whims of donors.
"There’s something kind of … broken in theological education," he says, "so it seems like now is a good time to try out a different model. And I think the for-profit model points the way forward."
At close to $50,000, the Doctor of Ministry degree at South University costs about the same as many better-known, non-profit seminaries. And it's not clear whether the for-profit model will take off.
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