I often think about this and I wonder what you all think. I have noticed that many long time pastors are not familiar with some of the newer theological errors/developments. Things like the New Perspective on Paul, developments in high and low textual criticism, developments in Greek language study, and several other important theological concepts may be totally off a pastor's radar. Several professional careers require continuing education credits. I am not suggesting anything compulsory but how does a pastor remain current?
How should a pastor deal with the fact that after seminary he is disconnected from formal training? I have heard some people suggest using theological blogs to know what to study. Conferences would be a huge benefit. I realize the enormous time constraints of ministry but maybe just taking one class a year would be possible. How about an online discussion forum set up through a seminary's alumnus program with a book club that includes discussion? The seminary could suggest a book and the alumni could discuss it.
Is this a problem in your opinion and if so what are some solutions?