This Calvin and Hobbes cartoon makes a good metaphor for how I sometimes see seminary!
We seminarians are good and obedient and toe the line, knowing that we are just waiting for the time that 'they' let us free and we can do our own thing.
I'm sure it's not supposed to be like that!
For myself, the difficulty is with knowing what, of the input I am receiving, is applicable or likely to be applicable in my own ministry situation/s. So often (and this is mostly from last year's experience) I listen to someone talking and think 'he has no idea of what my church is like'. The Methodist Church is extremely diverse and there is certainly no 'one size fits all' option in many areas of ministry. I'm sure that SMMS will deal with this and I hope that most of us can learn to listen intelligently as well as critically so that we absorb the principles at least!