After years of putting this off, and having a good friend of mine (**cough** Andy Hale **cough**) beg and plead with me about the importance of going to seminary, I finally decided to apply in seminary. Look, I hated school growing up, and college was no exception. I enjoyed college a tad better than high school, but I just did not like school. So, I never thought that I would see the day when I would enroll in seminary, and actually enjoy it. I am about a year away now from graduating with my masters degree, and I actually have enjoyed it immensely. Here are a few reasons youth pastors should consider going to seminary:
- Education is never a bad thing– Now, some can fall in love with knowledge that they become arrogant which can be a bad thing. The more education we can get on the Bible, the better off we are. Seminary forces you into continually learning more and more about the Bible. It helps you understand doctrine and theology in a deeper way which results in better and more accurate preaching as well as more answers and response to the theological questions teenagers have.
- Prep for your next step in ministry– The majority of youth pastors will not be youth pastors until they die. No, many will eventually work in a senior pastor role or assistant pastor role or something else. Now, some may be youth pastors until they die, but not all. Seminary can prep you for your next step. Look, I hate to admit this, but it appears to be more important to have more education when dealing with adults than students. Committees seem to be more interested in education now than they used to be. A master’s degree only helps you when searching for another job outside of youth ministry.
- Credibility– Let’s face it, education makes you more credible. I agree some of the smartest people out there though did not have an education, and I recognize that, but they are minimal. Sometimes, seminary helps you gain more respect from others.
- Seminary gives you discipline– Seminary has disciplined me in ways that I would not have been disciplined in before seminary. It matures you if you would. It helps you grow as a person and as a leader. Seminary humbles you, and prepares you for the leadership that God will give you.
Look, school is not for everyone, but it is doable for you, and it may be something you should consider. If you are like me, and nervous about school because you are not a very good student, you still can do seminary. It is possible, trust me. I know from experience. I never thought that I could handle it, and I am handling it much better than my undergrad.
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO MY FRIEND ANDY HALE FOR PRESSURING ME TO APPLY FOR SEMINARY!!!