Happy New Year!

In General by adminmark

We serve a God of fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m praying that 2008 will find you growing in the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ! I’m pressing on the upward way New heights I’m gaining every day Still praying as I onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground!” Lord, lift me up and let me …

Merry Christmas

In General by adminmark

Merry Christmas, everyone. My prayers are with you all for a restful holiday with your families. I also pray that you’ll take long moments of reflection and wonder at the mysterious and miraculous incarnation of Christ our Savior, true light of true light, very God of very God. Let all mortal flesh keep silence And with fear and trembling stand …

And we’re off!!

In General by adminmark

I’m happy to announce the public roll-out today of SeminarySurvivalGuide.com. Welcome to all of you who are being referred here by friends or other blogs. We’ve been live for a week or so now. I waited on the launch to get my web stuff configured right, and also to put enough posts up for you to get a sense of …

Seminary does not prepare you for ministry

In General by Mark

Ok, time for an ugly reality check. Seminary does not prepare you for ministry. Or, at least, it does not prepare you in all the important ways you need to be prepared. How many times have you heard pastors remark about some issue they’re facing, “They didn’t teach us that in seminary?” You’ll be saying it yourself soon. Preparation for …

Welcome to Seminary Survival Guide

In General by Mark

Do you want to survive seminary? We hope you will. Frankly, we want you not just to survive seminary, but to survive ministry, too. But the statistics aren’t good. Half of all seminary students drop out before they complete their degrees. The protestant clergy divorce rate equals that of the general population. The average seminarian in 2001 graduated with $25,000 …