Category: Dear Seminarian

Ministry Resumes and Search Committees

Ministry resumes are tricky. How do you put it together? What do you include? What do you leave out? How much detail is too much? Do you include a cover letter? If so, what should it say? Do you need recommendations? Can you send resumes to strangers? These are pressing questions for anyone looking for a new ministry position. Building Your Resume Let’s start with a few ground rules. First, understand that a resume is not an exhaustive account of your life. The folks who look at resumes are not interested in the details of all your life experiences....

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What Does It Mean To Be Called?

Dear Seminarian, We have all heard the saying “If I only knew then what I know now.” That saying is trustworthy and true and applies to all aspects of life. There are many things in life that we cannot know without the wisdom of hindsight. This also applies to the area of pastoral calling and our life’s work. If you are reading this article, you are either attending Bible College/Seminary, have attended Bible College/Seminary, or are serving the local church in some capacity. You have expressed a calling to serve the Lord and want nothing more than to do...

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God’s Handiwork in Providing Ordinary Jobs While in Seminary

As I am looking for a job here in Kansas City, I can’t help but reflect back on a job that God put in my life to sustain my wife and me until moving to the seminary. About a month ago I worked at a factory where I operated a machine that packages panty hose. I didn’t like telling anyone what I was doing. I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. I wanted to be a news writer. That never happened. My plan after college was to go to seminary. Then I met a young girl...

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How the Church Works

As you head off to a new location to attend school, or as you settle into a rigorous schedule of classes in your hometown, it is helpful to remember the importance of the local church. All the Bible classes in the world cannot take the place of what the Church is meant to be and do. You still need the church, and the church still needs you. The church of Jesus Christ is described in the Bible with many vivid and touching word pictures. To name just a few, she is compared to a body, a house, a family,...

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Seminary is Not for Slackers

1 Timothy 3:4-5, “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” If I neglect the menial tasks of caring for my household, how will I be able to care for a congregation? The daily responsibility of taking care of the home is supposed to be shared amongst the family. Too often men who want to serve the church in some capacity will think that hard work in the church or the seminary classroom deserves more...

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