What Is a Theological Seminary?

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Do you feel as though you have been called to a lifetime of faithful ministry? A theological seminary prepares godly leaders for ministry rooted in biblical truth, sound theology and practical wisdom. Here are some reasons to choose a theological seminary school:

Gain a Deeper Understanding of God's Word?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV

Theological seminary is a graduate school offering advanced theological training grounded in biblical truth. The seminary tends to feature a variety of programs, including Master of Divinity (MDiv) among other Master of Arts (MA) programs. They are varied enough to cater to students to gain discipline in fields from urban ministry to christian leadership.

No matter what program you choose to study, you will become equipped to handle the text of Scripture correctly for the sake of the ministries you lead. In today’s society, we need more people who can explain the Bible for a modern audience. In addition, your understanding of Scripture will benefit your personal spiritual wellbeing as well as your family beyond the local church.

Join a Community of Believers

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10, NIV

As a seminary student, you will have the opportunity to become part of the Christian university’s unique community. It is always good to build friendships and relationships with other Christians so you can share in a Christian community. By interacting with others and applying principles from the Bible you can learn to become more like Christ.

In addition to building relationships with your peers, you will benefit from the support of faculty who are committed to your success. Overall, your journey will form you theologically, spiritually and professionally for whatever God has in store for you. You can build up to enter roles in leadership, ministry and service.

Choose From a Variety of Learning Options

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14:26, NIV

Theological seminaries tend to offer a variety of flexible learning options. Both online and on-campus options will provide you with the same knowledge and skills needed for ministry. If you are looking to become a full-time seminary school student, consider taking classes at GCU’s beautiful campus in Phoenix, where you will enjoy the support and fellowship of other seminary learners.

If you are a working professional but enjoy face-to-face interaction, create a convenient schedule by attending class during the evening. If you are unable to come to campus you may want to consider earning your seminary degree online. For example, GCU’s state-of-the-art digital classrooms allow you to earn your education in a way that is most convenient for you. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary (GCTS) can help you on your path to ministry. 

Explore the Opportunities

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:10, NIV

While you are enrolled in a seminary program of study, GCTS provides valuable outreach and internship opportunities. By completing an internship, you can connect with a local church and develop mentorship relationships with pastors and experienced ministers. This internship could be quite valuable to improving your role in a church and making a better impact.

If you decide to take part in outreach activities instead, you can serve the local community. Outreach activities help to show God’s love in your local community. Not only demonstrating love, but you can also be an example for others in showing how Jesus changes a Christian’s life. All in all, seminary is a great place to get connected with a Christian community and learn what it means to make an impact for Christ in today’s world!

Grand Canyon University’s College of Theology offers a variety of transformative degrees with real-world relevance. To learn more about the seminary school and theology programs at GCU, visit our website or use the Request Info 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.