When did it become the norm for church leaders to get a formal Christian education and why did that process begin?
When I say formal education I'm not talking about the mentor/mentee style that Jesus did with his disciples.
I'm talking about the following scenario:
- A person independently enrolls in a Bible School/Seminary/Divinity school
- They get a degree
- They apply for pastor jobs and get hired as a pastor somewhere
The reason I ask is because the aforementioned process isn't implied anywhere in scripture. The idea of it had to have come from somewhere and for some reason.
Similar to this question, but I'm not asking whether or not this practice is supported by Scripture—I'm asking when it started and why it started.