3 Things I Plan To Do Now That Seminary Is Over!

Well, this past weekend was a milestone in my life. I graduated with my M.Div degree in Pastoral Studies over the weekend. I never thought that I would get a degree beyond a four-year degree, but with a bit of encouragement from some close friends, I started the process five years ago, and now am DONE! As I returned home, I was reminded about several things that I said that I would do when I was done with seminary. Yikes. I (seriously) am going to hold myself to those promises?? I have put these things off, and now that I … Continue reading 3 Things I Plan To Do Now That Seminary Is Over!

Why Grad School Is Important In Ministry

By: Andrew Hale To study or not to study? Completing formal seminary training is one of the constant pressures on the priority list of pastors today. Is it worth the money, time and effort? Can’t I just study theology on my own? I’m sure you can find many Godly, successful pastors who have never attended graduate school (such as Matt Chandler).  However, are these pastors the exception to the rule? It’s hard to know. At the very least, you have to consider the advantages of seminary training before making your final decision. Grad School Develops Your approach to Ministry Theological … Continue reading Why Grad School Is Important In Ministry

The Blogs I am Viewing the Most Right Now

From time to time, I enjoy sharing what I am reading currently. My feedly consists of nearly 75 different blogs so I have a great list to choose from, but there are always those blogs that I m drawn to the most at certain times. Here are the blogs that I am currently viewing the most right now:   Thom Rainer’s Blog– This could be the most practical pastoral blog out there. I have been reading a few of his post each day for weeks now. He has some great stuff on leadership and pastoring. Ron Edmondson’s Blog– This is … Continue reading The Blogs I am Viewing the Most Right Now

Reasons for Youth Pastors to Consider Seminary

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 … Continue reading Reasons for Youth Pastors to Consider Seminary