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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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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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Ministry Is For Broken People

Ministry Is For Broken People

• August 16, 2010 • Comments (4)

The true reasons people go into ministry are manifold.  We’ve written at length about the need for divine calling.  But not surprisingly, there are human factors as well. One major human factor that is widely unacknowledged is personal brokenness.  I’ve never met anyone in ministry who didn’t have some level of emotional wounding in their […]

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Reflections on Graduating Seminary

Reflections on Graduating Seminary

• January 8, 2010 • Comments (2)

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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