When I finished last semester, I achieved a milestone in my seminary career: I am now 2/3 of the way finished with the M-Div! As of today, the first day of a new semester, I have 36hrs left to complete. 🙂 Should all go according to plan, by the grace of God I will be graduating from Moody Theological Seminary in May 2016. Hallelujah!
Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the study, research, even the papers (most of them). My favorite classes have been Hermeneutics, Greek and Hebrew. Every professor I’ve had has been outstanding, and I really like studying with so many international students! However, I’ve been going at it now for 3.5 years, and I’m ready to be finished!
I can’t tell you how I’ve grown and been sharpened by my experience at Moody. My ministry has been deepened, my faith challenged, and my reward is a closer walk with the Lord and a fascinating new tool belt for studying his Word! If you’re anything like me – a questioner, a truth-seeker, someone who’s not satisfied with the pat, Christian-ese sing-songy sayings and quips, then I would encourage you to check out the possibility of taking some classes from a good school like Moody.
Most seminaries have a variety of programs, certificates, and degrees available. Many offer programs specifically for Christians who aren’t necessarily seeking to go into full-time vocational ministry, but simply want to learn how to study their Bibles more deeply and minister to their co-workers more effectively. Often these classes/programs are very affordable, and most have significant online options!
If you do engage in further study, beware! You will be stretched and some of the ideas you’ve always held to will have to be let go. It’s not easy to confront some of the wrong things we’ve been taught by well-intentioned but honestly mistaken pastors (we ALL make mistakes from time to time). But the reward is out of this world! And the thrill of picking up your Bible, digging deeply beneath the surface (something which the vast majority of Christians aren’t equipped to do), and encountering the living Word of God as the Holy Spirit illuminates your mind and transforms your heart is like nothing else.