How does one go about deciding where to study? The following is a suggested process.
Please note: Number III should be a part of the entire process and not delayed to the end.
I. Catalogs and Information
A. Learn about our campuses and programs. Request catalogs from all the institutions in which you are interested.
B. Compare their curriculum. Lay the catalogs with degree requirements side-by-side for a visual "feel" of the emphasis. This will give you some idea of what the institution believes to be most important for ministry and theological training.
C. Call the Director of Admissions and clear up any ambiguous information or confusing issues in the catalog. Also, ask pertinent questions regarding fundamental commitments, philosophy of education, and who "runs" the seminary. All of these questions will help you narrow your choices.
A. Once you have narrowed down your choices, make appointments to visit each seminary at least once.
B. Based on your catalog review, pick a time of the year when the classes that appealed to you most will be meeting.
C. Ask to meet with faculty members, members of the administration such as the Director of Admissions, the Dean of Students, Director of Financial Aid and others so that you may have their perspective of the institution.
This is a good time to ask specific questions regarding the spiritual emphasis of the seminary, the history of the institution, financial aid options and the commitments the seminary holds.
D. Ask to meet with students who are in the degree program in which you are interested.
Do not hesitate to ask them the "hard" questions. This is an opportunity to get a perspective from someone who is going before you. Take advantage of it.
A. This whole process should be done with much prayer. You have been responsible and have gathered much pertinent information. God will honor your decision. Choose the seminary that you believe will train you best for the ministry God has for you.
B. Seek godly counsel. Talk to alumni, pastors, and friends.
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