There is a new movement in the US that finds formal and informal training centers and seminaries popping up within churches. If you are unaware of the developments, you can read a recent blog post, Does Theological Training Belong in the Church by Spencer MacCuish. Spencer is the Academic Dean of Eternity Bible College.
Here is a taste of what he is arguing for:
I am affirming that the church is the best place to do theological training. I am
affirming this proposition primarily because I believe that theological education
needs to include both orthodoxy and orthopraxy. While most theologians would
probably agree with this, it is my contention that traditional formal academic
training centers do not possess adequate means of enabling students to apply
what they are learning, nor do they have a mechanism to assess the application
component of education.
Admittedly, there are different strands of thought regarding this movement, but this is a helpful introduction.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.