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Pre-Ministry: Events and Resources

Thursday, October 16, 2014: What is "Seminary"?

3:00 - 4:15 PM (Commons Lecture Hall)

For a student who senses a call to ministry as a full-time career, a seminary education after college is usually the natural next step. But questions abound: What is “seminary”? What does it mean to “go to seminary”? Why is a seminary education often a necessary step along the way to work in ministry? Why are there so many different seminaries? What kinds of degree programs do they offer?

Prof. Todd Cioffi and Prof. Matt Lundberg will lead a workshop that provides some answers to these and other questions, as well as guidance on how to use your college years to prepare yourself for success in seminary and a life of ministry. Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Annual Seminary Fair

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Library Lobby)

Representatives from approximately 30 seminaries and divinity schools, from a wide variety of denominations and traditions, will be on campus to talk with interested students about their schools, degree programs and the path to professional ministry. The registration process for this year's event is under way. Here is a list of the schools currently registered:

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Asbury Theological Seminary
Ashland Theological Seminary
Calvin Theological Seminary
Christian Theological Seminary
Columbia International University
Fuller Theological Seminary
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Knox Theological Seminary
Lincoln Christian University
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
North Park Theological Seminary
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary
Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
University of Dubuque Seminary
Western Theological Seminary
Westminster Seminary California
Wheaton College Graduate School

If you have any questions about these Pre-Ministry events, contact Matt Lundberg or Kary Bosma.

Formed in 2009, the congregational and ministry studies department aims to provide opportunities for classroom learning, research, apprenticeships, and conversations about professional ministry, in order to help students critically examine how every other major and program in the college contributes to the life of the church and its ministries. In addition, the department is a focal point for faculty scholarship and professional development in this field of study.

Useful Links

The Fund for Theological Education

An organization committed to helping young people explore and respond to God’s call in their lives; offers fellowships for undergraduates considering careers in ministry and seminarians studying for the ministry; includes an array of helpful resources for the task of discerning a call to ministry.

Association of Theological Schools

The major accrediting body for seminaries and divinity schools in the United States; the webpage includes a useful directory of seminaries and divinity schools (which can be searched alphabetically, geographically, by denomination, or by degree programs offered).

Transition into Ministry

A Lilly-funded program that offers resources to pastors in the earliest years of ministry. While not its direct purpose, this site also provides insightful food for thought for students thinking about the possibility of a call to ministry--it helps to answer the question: What will a life of ministry look like?