Author Archive: Mark

Mark Warnock is the founder and General Editor of Seminary Survival Guide.com. He trains church planters and coaches new worship leaders at Family Church in West Palm Beach, and is finishing a Ph.D in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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New Approach to Seminary Training

New Approach to Seminary Training

• February 14, 2014 • Comments (0)

I wanted to offer this as an example of the new paradigm of seminary training that combines classroom academics with intentional real-world practicums. More info on the Midwestern Training Network.

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Top Ten Posts at Seminary Survival Guide

Top Ten Posts at Seminary Survival Guide

• February 14, 2014 • Comments (0)

To get you started, here is a list of our Top Ten most popular posts of all time. Which seminary degree should I get? proquest thesis search Master Your Seminary’s Required Reading in Half the Time (or Less) How to Get a Ph.D While Working a Full-Time Job The Seminary Book Review “Mr. Ask a […]

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Which seminary degree should I get?

Which seminary degree should I get?

• February 8, 2014 • Comments (7)

We’ve already mentioned that planning your study is your responsibility, and not your seminary’s. The first level of planning is to choose your degree program wisely. The M. Div. is the standard, time-honored ministry degree.  It includes biblical and theological studies as well as a range of coursework in the practical aspects of ministry: preaching, […]

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The M.Div/MBA - an idea whose time has come

The M.Div/MBA – an idea whose time has come

• May 13, 2013 • Comments (3)

In a seminar today I was told about a recent missiology dissertation, focusing on business as mission.  That is, not business as a platform for mission, but business itself as mission.  The idea is that in the context of a country closed to the gospel, the business missionary goes in not under the pretense of […]

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Albert Mohler on Calling

Albert Mohler on Calling

• July 5, 2012 • Comments (0)

Dr. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (where I am currently studying) has a new blog post on calling, which resonates with many things we’ve said here on the same topic. An excerpt: Charles Spurgeon identified the first sign of God’s call to the ministry as “an intense, all-absorbing desire […]

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Sexual Sin is the Atomic Bomb

Sexual Sin is the Atomic Bomb

• January 30, 2012 • Comments (4)

Your personal sexual integrity is as important as anything else. A pastor friend of mine put it this way:  Sexual sin among ministers is the atomic bomb.  Nothing else can destroy so much, so fast. It will wreak havoc and destruction in the church on a scale that nothing else can. But among you there […]

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How to Get a Ph.D While Working a Full-Time Job

How to Get a Ph.D While Working a Full-Time Job

• December 26, 2011 • Comments (4)

I’m just completing my first semester in a seminary Ph.D program, which I began while keeping my full-time ministry job as Associate Pastor of my church.  It’s not an easy task at all, and has more than its share of time management challenges.  I wanted to share some of my thoughts and practices, and to […]

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11 Things to Do at Seminary: A Graduate's Advice

11 Things to Do at Seminary: A Graduate’s Advice

• December 16, 2011 • Comments (1)

A new grad from my alma mater, Southwestern, shares his thoughts on seminary. A sample: Make an effort to develop good friendships  Not only are you making friends for life, who will be a rock for you to lean on during your days in ministry, but you will learn more outside of the classroom in […]

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Why People Aren't Going to Seminary

Why People Aren’t Going to Seminary

• November 1, 2010 • Comments (0)

James White offers good reflections on why seminary training is increasingly shunned by those going into ministry. On first read, it seems to me that his perspective, and that of those avoiding seminary is (1) essentially pragmatic, and maybe too pragmatic; and (2) true of some seminaries, surely, but definitely not all. Read and see […]

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Are You Hiding From God at Seminary?

Are You Hiding From God at Seminary?

• September 14, 2010 • Comments (0)

This excerpt from Darrin Patrick’s new book, Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission, has terrific insight for seminary students. One of the greatest temptations for pastors is to use ministry to hide from and avoid God. It is easy to hide behind your sermons by expecting everyone in the church but yourself to […]

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