Should I Go To Seminary?

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Are you thinking about going to seminary? What is seminary? If you are considering these and want to learn more, a college education can help you expand your knowledge on the subject.

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary (GCTS) is the College of Theology’s graduate school. Its purpose is to form Christian leaders theologically, spiritually and professionally and equip them to minister faithfully and effectively within a challenging cultural context.

The mission of GCTS is to develop leaders, ministers and scholars who rightly handle God's Word, teach what accords with sound doctrine and equip the people of God for missional service within a rapidly changing world. 

A Christian theological seminary is also beneficial in expanding your knowledge of the Bible. If you feel called to a life of ministry and are considering going to seminary, here are five questions to ask yourself:

Am I Passionate?

Do you have a desire in your heart to serve others? Do you want to strengthen your knowledge of biblical content and values? Would you like to potentially join church leadership? If so, going to seminary may be a great choice. In your program, you will gain the biblical foundations necessary for a successful vocation in church leadership. Therefore, you will be prepared to go out into the world and make an impact for Christ.

What Kind of Theology Degree Do I Want to Earn?

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary offers a variety of graduate degree programs. Consider the following degrees and the paths you can take to serve God in His ministry.

  • The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is designed to train students who are called to serve in local churches, Christian organizations and other ministerial settings.
  • If you feel as though you have been called to minister to youth, children, families and congregations, consider a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry. Many Christian communities will be appreciative of having strong leadership and ministry for the younger generations. 
  • A Master of Arts in Christian Leadership helps prepare students to step into leadership roles in a congregation. If you are being called to a life of leadership, then consider the benefits a master's degree could provide. 
  • The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree program teaches you valuable skills and knowledge such as pastoral care, biblical interpretation and ministerial ethics. You will find encouragement in improving your skills in Christ-like ministerial service. 
  • If you want to serve people in urban communities then a Master of Arts in Urban Ministry could be right for you. The program helps to examine at-risk communities and how to bring meaningful change to the people who live there. 

Am I Ready to Invest in a Local Church?

No other environment offers the same opportunity to be in a community with fellow believers like the local church. Theological Seminary encourages students to get involved with a local church and engage in mentoring relationships, supervised ministry requirements and internship experiences. These opportunities offer students the chance to grow both spiritually and professionally.

What Do I Want to Do After Seminary?

Before going to seminary, it can be helpful to know what you want to do after you earn your degree. For example, do you want to do nonprofit work, international missions or pastoral ministry? Having an idea of the specific vocation you want to pursue after you graduate can help you to make the most of your education and tailor it to your interests. If you are still unsure about where God is leading you, pray about it and ask Him to provide you guidance.

Has God Called Me?

One of the most important things to consider before pursuing a seminary degree is if God has called on you. Ministry vocations require selfless sacrifice and dedication as you allow God to work through your life. Pray and ask God for guidance if it is His will. If God has placed the passion in your heart, trust Him as you take the next step of faith and earn your seminary degree.

The College of Theology at Grand Canyon University exists to educate students to communicate the gospel effectively, serve the church faithfully and minister with integrity at home and abroad. To learn more about GCU’s theology degrees, use the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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