I began this website in December of 2007 as a way to give counsel to seminary students from a vantage point outside seminary. Now, I have returned to seminary, this time as a Ph.D student. I just completed my first semester toward a Ph.D in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
The primary reason I’m returning to seminary is to sharpen my ability to think, write and teach. After 15 years of full-time ministry in the local church, I’ve found I’ve settled into a mental slump. The day to day life of local church ministry hasn’t kept me as intellectually stretched and sharpened as I should be. To paraphrase Paul, I’ve been neglecting my gifts. Time to fan them into flame again.
So I hope to write here some fresh material on the seminary experience, this time from the perspective of a doctoral student. I hope to see the seminary environment with fresh eyes, and have productive and helpful things to say. This time, however, I will have the joy of taking my own advice!
Thanks to all of you who have followed this modest little project called Seminary Survival Guide, and who have commented and participated along the way. Some of you may be new to our conversation: welcome! Please make our discussion richer by contributing your own thoughts and insights.
Also, I’m open to guest posts, if you think you might have something edifying and practical to share with seminary students. You can query me at mark (at) seminary survival guide.com.
Next week I’ll post some reflections on time management, based on my first semester of doing Ph.D study and maintaining a full-time ministry position.
About the AuthorMark Warnock is the founder and General Editor of Seminary Survival Guide.com. He serves as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Illinois, and is a Ph.D student in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is working with Ed Eubanks on a book on how to survive seminary.
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