Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Starting Seminary

I began my first online seminary course two weeks ago through Multnomah University. Starting graduate school feels a bit anticlimactic when you're sitting in your office staring at your laptop for 90 minutes. My classroom fits in my messenger bag.

This isn't to say that seminary isn't valuable (otherwise I'd be wasting my time and money), but it's been a long process to get to this point. I've gone back and forth between pursuing a "secular" degree in education versus a theological degree from a seminary. I fully believe both offer tools to make me a better pastor--and potentially a better person--but at this stage of my life, I'm revisiting a theological education. It's been four years since I graduated from Bible college; four years of ministry experience to practice all that I learned with my undergrad, and four years to. So now I'm hoping the next 4+ years of study alongside ministry experience will stretch me as a leader.

There is a part of me that feels weird to pay a lot of money to read lots of books to get a piece of paper, but I'm still going for it.

What are your thoughts on seminary: training future theological leaders, or outdated institution?

1 comment:

  1. I've been a Christian all of my life, and I continue to be shocked at how many new things I've learned in Seminary. Good luck to you!