Higher Ed at a Crossroad
Today we have an unparalleled opportunity. Distance is no longer the obstacle it once was. From video lectures burned on dvds to live streaming to chat rooms, more Christian colleges and seminaries are the proverbial click away from every church in America.
Here is our hunch: If churches began asking schools for such resources, financially strapped schools will figure out how to make this education happen at an affordable cost. Many are already taking steps in this direction. Some will probably offer some classes for free as a way to market their school. The point is that many schools won't invest in such an effort unless there is some inkling of demand.
As noted, this sort of thing can greatly enrich both discipleship and scholarship. To be sure, this is not all that can be done to increase the bonds between the local church and the not-so-local college or seminary. This alone won't meet all the daunting educational challenges we face together. But increase those bonds we must, or else it's not just the schools that will falter, but also the local church.