Which seminary degree should I get?

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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, pastoral care, evangelism, and so …

Reflections on Graduating Seminary

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by Britt Treece A week before Christmas, after six long years of study, I graduated from seminary.  Looking back, I’ve had a lot of thoughts, questions, comments, and recommendations, so I thought that organizing some of them would be helpful both for me and for past, present, and future seminarians.  (Since it took me six years to finish, this could …

My First Semester Shock, or Seminarians Without Chests

In Spiritual life, Stories by adminmark

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 young single guys in the …

I decided to quit my job to go to seminary

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(This story–our first!!–comes from the webmaster at goingtoseminary.com. – Mark) About four years ago my wife and I moved from the south to the not-quite-north. The move had lots of factors… FAR too many to go into here. But we packed the car and headed on the journey with a couple thousand dollars in the bank and an apartment waiting …

Link Love and Your Stories

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Just a brief note to seminarians in the blogosphere. There are many of you out there! I’ve been surfing around as time permits, and I’ve been very impressed with the level of thinking and writing I’ve seen. Anyway, I’d be happy to link to your blog from Seminary Survival Guide.com. Just leave a comment, and I’ll add you to the …

Sounding My Call to Chicago

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In part three, I recommend having your calling verified by a group of mature believers who know God well and you well. Here’s my story. I greatly benefited from the counsel of a group like this when I was trying to find a church right out of seminary. I had interviewed with a church in Chicago that I really liked, …