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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Attending Seminary Means Living In a Foreign Land

Attending Seminary Means Living In a Foreign Land

• September 28, 2009 • Comments (6)

When I went to seminary, it entailed a move from Florida to Texas. There was a shift in geography, but there was also a shift in culture-a pretty dramatic shift, as anyone who’s moved to Texas will probably tell you. I grew up in South Florida. I was a native Floridian, which was pretty unusual. […]

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Category: Emotional Health

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My First Semester Shock, or Seminarians Without Chests

My First Semester Shock, or Seminarians Without Chests

• September 21, 2009 • Comments (17)

I approached seminary with many of the common illusions seminary students have. I thought it would be a spiritually vibrant and intense time, full of people who were overflowing with passion for Christ. Boy was I surprised. My first semester, I enrolled in Hebrew class, like many beginning M.Div.-ers. I made friends with some other […]

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Category: Spiritual life, Stories

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Seminary Syllabus Strategy #4: A Study Plan for Each Major Exam

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #4: A Study Plan for Each Major Exam

• September 14, 2009 • Comments (1)

Similar to creating a writing plan for papers, you should block out dedicated study time for major exams. viagra soft tabs canada If you do this now, at the beginning of the semester (and stick to your schedule), then you won’t be pinched to find time to study. It’s pretty simple: Reserve study blocks beginning […]

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Category: Academics, Time Management

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Seminary Syllabus Strategy #3: A Writing Plan for Every Major Paper

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #3: A Writing Plan for Every Major Paper

• September 6, 2009 • Comments (3)

Seminary will give you plenty of practice writing papers. By the time I graduated with my M.Div, I could easily write ten pages about nothing. (Some would allege that my sermons are exactly that…but I digress.) Writing papers on the scale that seminary requires can be daunting if you haven’t done it before. Ten page […]

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Category: Academics, Time Management

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Seminary Syllabus Strategy #2: Start Reading Now

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #2: Start Reading Now

• August 31, 2009 • Comments (3)

Seminary involves a LOT of reading. At the beginning of the semester, you typically have more open time. Seize it! Use it to read ahead now, and then when the first wave of papers is due, you won’t be so rushed. There may be some classes you can read ahead in more easily. Look over […]

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Category: Academics, Time Management

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Seminary Syllabus Strategy #1: Get It In Your Calendar

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #1: Get It In Your Calendar

• August 24, 2009 • Comments (2)

The first week of seminary is over, and looming ahead are due dates for reading, papers and tests. You know this because you should have a syllabus for each class, which contains all the assignments you’ll need to complete this semester and their due dates. This is awesome. It’s a time management bonanza. If you […]

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Category: Academics, Time Management

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Thinking of Seminary?

Thinking of Seminary?

• August 17, 2009 • Comments (0)

During the summer, some folks are finalizing plan to begin seminary in the Fall. Whether you’re on your way, or thinking about it, here’s a summary of our series on calling to ministry. Make Sure You’re Supposed to Be Here Part One Part Two Part Three Sounding the Call Part Four The Calling to Ministry […]

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Category: Calling, General, Links

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Tips for a Productive Day at Seminary

Tips for a Productive Day at Seminary

• January 10, 2009 • Comments (4)

Of all the subject areas we address here at SSG, one I’m really passionate about is time management. Here’s a baker’s dozen of my favorite tips for daily productivity. Get up early. Sleeping in is fun, but should be an occasional treat.  Jesus’ example of early rising is worthy of imitation.  (Trouble getting up early?) […]

Category: Time Management

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Deciding Where You Stand At Seminary

Deciding Where You Stand At Seminary

• November 3, 2008 • Comments (1)

There is a huge range of debatable issues in theology and in the practice of ministry that a person could take sides on.  An average church member generally isn’t required to have fully developed theological opinions.  They are often asked to agree with and support the theological and philosophical stance their church, but aren’t required […]

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Category: Ministry

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Your Seminary Isn't Responsible For Your Education

Your Seminary Isn’t Responsible For Your Education

• October 27, 2008 • Comments (7)

Your seminary isn’t responsible for your education.  You are. In the past week, I’ve had the chance to visit with a few current and just-graduated seminarians, and some of their observations have been strikingly similar: The seminary environment is too academic. The assigned readings are too long, and not really related to the subject matter. […]

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Category: Time Management

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