Logos Bible Software is venturing into the arena of mobile education. Logos Mobile Education uses their programs to integrate one’s digital library, Bible study software, and their courses. I know they’ve been recruiting some solid lecturers such as Lynn Cohick and Craig A. Evans among others. Now, there are two obvious weaknesses to this model: (1) accreditation and (2) relational pedagogy. That said, The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has begun to loosen their restrictions against online learning so more and more seminaries are developing online courses, campuses, and even online faculty. This means more students will be familiar with information based learning accompanied by minimal relational pedagogy. Also, while accreditation does have a variety of perks, especially if one wants to go into a doctoral program someday, one has to wonder how much accreditation matters to the pastor aiming to make his or herself more equipped for his or her vocation.
It should be noted that Logos Mobile Education can’t replace seminary training for people in many denominations who need an accredited degree, but more and more Churches do not require this sort of training for their leaders. Also, those who don’t identify as evangelical likely wouldn’t want to do their training with a company like Logos since their selection of lecturers thus far has been strictly evangelical, it seems. So my question may be relevant in an evangelical matrix only, but what role do you think programs like Logos Mobile Education will have in the future in juxtaposition to traditional seminaries? Will they take a significant portion of the pie or will traditional seminary training remain in its place with alternative programs helping a few people here and there. Watch this video by Logos and then let me know your thoughts: