Pastors With Fake Degrees

When a pastor with a D.Min. passes his degree off as an earned Ph.D he engages in chicanery

Most clueless lay people think “Dr. So and So” is a bona-fide academic, even though he only has, a good and useful, D.Min.

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Jonathan Charles wrote:

Does the PCA require a M.Div. for its pastors?  I've never met one who didn't have at least a M.Div.

The Book of Church Order of the Presbyterian Church in America (6th ed. 2015), Chapter 21, 21-4:

a. An intern applying for ordination shall be required to present a diploma of Bachelor or Master from some approved college or university, and also a diploma of Bachelor or Master from some approved theological seminary or authentic testimonials of having completed a regular course of theological studies, or a certificate of completion of and endorsement from a theological study program as approved by the General Assembly and one of the Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America. No Presbytery shall omit any of these educational requirements except in extraordinary cases, and then only with a three-fourths (3/4) approval of the Presbytery. Whenever a Presbytery shall omit any of these educational requirements, it shall always make a record of the reasons for such omission and the parts omitted. The intern shall also present satisfactory testimonials as to the completion and approval of his internship in the practice of the ministry.

(Boldface added). Not quite required but probably the norm.

JSB

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