Have you gone to seminary? Would you like to?
I read this post today from Ben Reed (not YouthMin’s Ben Read) called, 10 things I wish I’d be told in seminary, and it instantly brought me back to my seminary days. If you ever have a chance to go to seminary, do it! Just make sure you are set up to succeed. Ben Reed gives a list of 10 things he wished he was told in seminary, and I am going to layout how to enter seminary the best way possible!
1. Work in a church. I honestly can’t believe pastors will spend years away from what they love and are called to do. You can become quickly out of touch with culture if you spend too much time inside the walls of seminary. I was fortunate enough to be in full time studies and part time work at the church. I think this is the best of both worlds. I was interning under one of the best youth pastors I personally know. I can’t imagine learning each day apart from the church body. Each day when I was reading a book, or listening to a lecture I was always thinking how does this apply to my church, or my youth ministry. It could become easy to detach, and distance your learning from church.
2. Learn how you lead! Don’t try to clone someone else. You will never be like Mark Driscoll, or Matt Chandler. The greatest news is that God made you the way you are! Lead as God has called you to be. This took a lot of years to learn, and I am still working this out. My mentor always allowed me to be me. He was never pushing me to be someone else. I feel like seminary is a cloning ground for people who want to be someone else. Don’t fall into that trap! Be yourself even in seminary!
3. Be Humble. Just because you are now working on your MDiv, or DMin don’t be a tool. You have people in your church who are amazing and are full of wisdom. I don’t know how many guys I met entering seminary who were full of it! It’s not just entering seminary humble, but it’s saying that way.
If you have the chance to enter seminary do it! You need to become a life long learner. Make sure that you have people around that will support and encourage you through it.