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Should Pastors Get Doctorates?

Dr. John Piper offers his take on this question over here.  My experience was different than Piper’s.  My doctoral research has definitely enriched my ministry.  A big reason for that was that I was able to study with an institution that shared my values and confessional commitments.  I highly recommend Reformation International Theological Seminary (RITS) to anyone looking for a doctoral program that’s both theologically rigorous and confessionally oriented.  I recently became aware of another local Reformed pastor (of a NAPARC church) who is working on a doctorate with RITS.  Some men you may have heard of with their doctoral degree from RITS:  David Murray (professor at Puritan Reformed Seminary) and Robert Grossmann (formerly of Mid-America, now with Heidelberg Theological Seminary).