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 …

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Albert Mohler on Calling

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Dr. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky writing on calling, resonates with our view of calling: An excerpt: Charles Spurgeon identified the first sign of God’s call to the ministry as “an intense, all-absorbing desire for the work.” Those called by God sense a growing compulsion to preach and teach the Word, and to minister …

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Sexual Sin is the Atomic Bomb

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Your personal sexual integrity is as important as anything else. A pastor friend of mine put it this way:  Sexual sin among ministers is the atomic bomb.  Nothing else can destroy so much, so fast. It will wreak havoc and destruction in the church on a scale that nothing else can. But among you there must not be even a …

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How to Get a Ph.D While Working a Full-Time Job

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I’m just completing my first semester in a seminary Ph.D program, which I began while keeping my full-time ministry job as Associate Pastor of my church.  It’s not an easy task at all, and has more than its share of time management challenges.  I wanted to share some of my thoughts and practices. Expect life to change. You cannot do …

11 Things to Do at Seminary: A Graduate’s Advice

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A new grad from my alma mater, Southwestern, shares his thoughts on seminary. A sample: Make an effort to develop good friendships  Not only are you making friends for life, who will be a rock for you to lean on during your days in ministry, but you will learn more outside of the classroom in conversations with friends than during …

Tips for Better Writing

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Seminary students have a LOT of writing to do.  This article has some great counsel on honing your ability to write. One excerpt: 4. Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, “I do my best work at the last minute.” Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure. Sure, you are a smart person. …