One of the important conversations that is taking place is between mainstream churches and the emerging church movement.
Jan Edmiston has started a blog - The Church for Starving Artists - to engage people in this conversation. In one of her postings, she raises the following question:
Did your (mainline) seminary prepare you for serving the church in our culture?
I know that my seminary did not, nor could it have in the late 70s. However, the more important question is whether those who graduate in the 1990s are prepared for the culture as it is today. These are the pastors who will be the leaders of the church for the next generation.
The question that also comes to me is what are Presbyteries to do to help pastors serve in the culture as it exists? Is it their responsibility to provide that assistance? If not then who?