Finding your way in seminary : what to expect, how to thrive / David M. Mellott ; foreword by Daniel O. Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools.Material type: TextPublisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, Edition: First edition.Description: xx, 177 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780664259501 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0664259502 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Theology -- Study and teaching -- United States | Theology -- Study and teaching -- CanadaAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Finding your way in seminaryDDC classification: 230.071/173
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Searching for a meaningful life -- Envisioning your educational and vocational path -- Discerning and deciding -- Learning what you need to know for ministry -- Cultivating the practices of ministry -- Shaping an identity for ministry -- Learning while pastoring -- The job-search process -- Appendix 1: Applying to theological schools -- Appendix 2. Funding your theological education.
Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary eperience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history. This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.