Seminary Syllabus Strategy #1: Get It In Your Calendar

In Academics, Time Management by adminmark

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 take a few moments to …

Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

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In an interview with the dean of students at a leading evangelical seminary, I asked about the most common reasons people did not complete seminary.  One of his answers was a shock to me: students get caught cheating. Seminary students have ample opportunity to cheat. You can plagiarize-representing the academic work of others as your own.  You can rip off …

The Seminary Book Review

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by Travis Peterson One of your most common assignments at any seminary is going to be the sometimes joyful, often tedious, yet always necessary book review. While every seminary will have different requirements for their book reviews, nearly all fall into a fairly similar mold. How can you attack this task in such a way as to do the work …

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Master Your Seminary’s Required Reading in Half the Time (or Less)

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Editor’s note: an updated and improved version of this post is included as a chapter in The Complete Seminary Survival Guide. Seminary requires a massive amount of reading. Often the workload for even a single course can go over a thousand pages. Multiply that by four or five, and it becomes daunting, especially if you’re not a natural reader. The …

Writing Learning Objectives for Your Seminary Experience

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I worked four years in a church staff position during and after college before deciding I needed to further my education by going to seminary. Those years were invaluable to my development, because I experienced ministry and discovered what I didn’t know and needed to learn before starting my studies. I wish all incoming students could have ministry experience before …

Using Mentors in Seminary

In Academics, Spiritual life by adminmark

Having a learning coach or ministry mentor is a great way to leverage your seminary experience. Our research on theological education as well as surveys with people in the field led us to make mentoring a significant part of our learning model. Many seminaries will involve mentoring during the last two semesters of their study as part of the field …