Enter into the picture newly graduated seminarians looking to enter the ministry, who are also saddled with debt. Robert Dilday writing in the Baptist Standard quotes one expert, "'It no longer is unusual for seminary graduates to leave school with $70,000 to $80,000 in debt,' Sharon Miller, associate director of the Auburn center, told the Huffington Post in 2012."
Dilday notes that such a debt load affects churches,
"The debt load on students does have its effect on churches as graduates are sometimes forced to find secular instead of ministerial employment to pay off student loans," he said. "Churches sometimes help their ministers with their debt when they call them, but it would be cheaper in the long run to have helped to subsidize their seminary education expenses."United Methodist ordinands are asked several historic questions from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. One of the questions is, "are you in debt so as to embarrass you in your work?"
O, the irony of it all.