Preparing for Seminary

On today’s episode we talk about what kind of preparation is helpful for someone thinking about seminary; which college majors are most helpful, what kind of readings lists should someone be looking at, what to look for in professors, and the level of involvement in the local church. Preparing for seminary is preparing for a lifetime of learning.

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Benjamin P. Glaser

7 years ago

This episode was very helpful. Thanks again for your work.

John Knox

7 years ago

Thanks for this. Currently working on a degree in business geared toward non-profit management, but also hope to go to seminary as well. It reinforced a number of things including taking research writing, philosophy, and history classes on the side to help prepare. Thanks for the work you all do.

Alex Nunez

7 years ago

I listen often to the various Reformed Forum programs and want to thank you for the diligence, humility, and clarity you all bring when speaking about the Reformed faith.

I have often thought in my head that this would be a great podcast topic to have. Lord willing I will begin the process of coming under care this year and headed to seminary soon after that. I want to reinforce having a mentor is huge in this process. My Associate Pastor and I are about to start reading Vos’ Biblical Theology together, something I certainly would not want to do alone!

Thanks, again. I will be recommending this episode to my friends who are considering seminary.

Jared Oliphint

7 years ago

Here are the reading lists we mentioned: Westminster’s http://www.wts.edu/becoming/whywestminster/recommendedreading.html and Reformed Forum’s http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/resources/readinglist


7 years ago

Great episode guys. I was wondering if you were going to talk about preparing financially for seminary. I know that for a lot of people like myself, I didn’t exactly understand the financial ramifications of seminary. I would highly recommend talking to someone who knows the financial side of things beforehand or you could be in for quite a shock once those loans payments come due every month.

Scott Autry

7 years ago

As a seminary student something needs to be said about the dangers of seminary. That list could be a long one, so for any of you guys out there reading this, I will list the chief danger from which all other dangers stem. You *must* have and fight to remain to have warm, intimate times with the Lord in His word.

Here is a great resource to consider: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/a-guide-for-staying-christian-in-seminary

Grace and peace,

Jeff Waddington

7 years ago


While I recognize this can be a danger it is not a necessary one and I can see no reason to assume it will be one.


7 years ago

Thanks for this helpful episode. I am wrapping up an MBA, and hoping to get into a seminary this fall.

Danny Zacharias

6 years ago

I wish I would have found your podcast earlier, I would loved to have been involved in this conversation. I recently published a book on this very topic: “Surviving and Thriving in Seminary” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D8RGR18/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00D8RGR18&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwdeindeorg-20



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