A congregation that is not equipped to properly evaluate a pastoral candidate is going to be particularly apt to rely upon formal credentials to qualify a man as academically able. This is understandable but far from optimal.
As our churches grow we need to be encouraging gifted, godly young men to consider the ministry and elders should train them and/or oversee their seminary training.
In my case, my church didn’t hire me off a “pastor wanted” website. Rather, I served in the church for years while cultivating my gifts. In God’s timing, the church called me to be their pastor. At that point, I was no stranger to them. They knew my life and gifts because I had already been serving them for years.
I think this sort of approach to vocational ministry is most optimal, even if education is also sought at a seminary (and good seminaries are truly a blessing!). If young men would hunker down and serve their local churches while developing their skills and wait upon God’s calling to office, I think both they and the church would be best served.
As is, many churches hire ministers like a company hires a CEO, and many ministerial candidates train as if they are going into the ministry much like a secular career. It’s a shame.