I saw this post, which spoke to my interest in alternatives for ministerial formation. I know a lot of Unitarian Universalists have, over the years, been in mixed residency programs, particularly through Meadville/Lombard. But the technology and circumstances have changed. I would be open to a church-based program -- where the practice of ministry is the residential piece -- provided there was more than one student and adequate on-side ministerial/emerging collegial support.
"Theological Study by Distance Education" (Theologians Without Borders)
When I asked scores of people, what they had going that they viewed as a creative venture in theological education, many people responded with references to their distance education programme.
HT: Tensegrities (More on distant theological education)