Choosing A Bible College or Seminary to Attend

I remember back in the early eighties when I was seeking God concerning my theological education. Even though I was looking for schools with a particular denominational affiliation, it was difficult to determine where I should go. Looking back I am very grateful for the degrees I have earned, the seminaries I attended and the bible college influences in my life.

This site is designed to help you make the right choice for concerning ministry training and to also offer resources to help you in your pastoral ministry and ministry calling.

Here are some suggestions I would share with you as you consider where to equip yourself for your life ministry in a bible college or seminary.

1. SEEK GOD’S DIRECTION CONCERNING WHICH OF THE BIBLE COLLEGES OR SEMINARIES YOU SHOULD ATTEND.

Perhaps it goes without stating, but you should pray and ask God for specific confirmation. It is much to serious to approach like throwing darts at a board. He will direct your path. He will grant you peace concerning the theological school you should enroll it. There are many great christian education institutions and He certainly knows the one for you.

2. ASK PEOPLE YOU TRUST TO SHARE THEIR TOP THREE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A BIBLE COLLEGE OR SEMINARY.

Yes, you may run into some bias and prejudice when it comes to people’s favorite college, Bible institute, or ministry school, but if they are people you know and trust, then at least it’s a good starting place. If they are an alumni then press in and ask them more questions about their own experience which leads to the next point.

3. ASK PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTENDED A BIBLE COLLEGE OR SEMINARY ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

This takes the guess work out of wondering what a certain theological institution is like. Think of a good list of questions to ask a pastor or church staff member about the bible college they attended. Make sure you ask them the positives and negatives about graduating from their particular school.

4. VISIT THE CAMPUSES OF THE SEMINARIES OR BIBLE COLLEGES THAT TOP YOUR LIST.

Personally visiting and experiencing life on campus is very important. After all, if you are going to invest 3 or more years of your life getting theologically trained, then check it out first. Yes, it will cost to travel and do so, but it may save you a lot of expense if you choose a college or seminary and decide to change after the first semester due to the fact you chose wrong the school.

5. THINK THROUGH THE PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF YOUR CHOICE AMONG ALL THE BIBLE COLLEGES AND SEMINARIES.

If you are married, do they have married housing? Do you have children? What about the schools for them? What about the location of the bible college? Will you be working part-time? What about the employment opportunities in the area? Do you plan on ministering while you are enrolled in seminary? How is the church placement opportunities in the area where the seminary is located? These and many more questions need to be thought through with deliberation.

6. CHECK ON THE LEVEL OF ACCREDITATION OF THE BIBLE COLLEGES AND SEMINARIES ON YOUR LIST.

This will be more important to some people than others. It depends on what you think you may do with your degree. If you see being a professor in a bible college or theological seminary at some point in your future, then you will need to make sure your degree meets the accreditation requirements necessary for you to do so.

These are just a few suggestions that will hopefully help you as you seek God’s will for you life. I pray that you will make the right choice for your life as you look into investing your time and energy into one of the many fine available bible colleges and seminaries.

 

9 Responses to Choosing A Bible College or Seminary to Attend

  1. Ajayi Gbenga Thomas says:

    I am a pastor currently living in Nigeria. I have a first Degree in Mass Communication in a Nigerian University and Post Graduate Diploma in Theology from The Redeemed Christian Bible College. Pls, can u link me to a Bible College in U.S where I can do my Masters in Theology preferably on part time basis ?. Thanks !

    • Okipet Odum says:

      I am a pastor of a local church here in a remote area of Eastern Nigeria, by the grace of God, we are moving ahead, as I was appointed by my church and I assumed office four years ago, I did not attend any bible school, can I receive any help from you concerning my pastoral work in this village in anyway possible. Thank you very much as I expect your reply. SANCTUARY
      CTUARY OF HOPE CHURCH, (Sanctuary of hope min
      istries int’l inc.),,

  2. Dear Sir/Madame:

    Good morning from the Philippines!

    I am the president of Northwestern Mindanao Bible College, a relatively small bible school with 15 students of 9 sophomore and 6 freshmen. We just reopened it in 2011. Now I am in dire need for library and reference books and I wonder if you can help me get some old books from Bible Colleges and Seminaries that they discard when they upgrade their libraries. Looking forward to hear from you. Thank you very much Sir!

    • edfavor says:

      Thanks Dr. Albellano. I will keep this in mind in the event such supplies become available. Blessings.

  3. david masih says:

    recently i finished my B.D (BACHELOR OF DIVINITY) in shiats university which is in Allahabad. so i want to my master degree. i am praying for this matter. and you also continue to remember me in your prayer so that i am find good college for my higher study. thanks

    • edfavor says:

      May Father give you the grace to press through to completion of all He has put on your heart David. Thanks for the comments.

  4. Rajaram S N Samy says:

    I am currently a senior pastor for the past 1 year. I want to pursue an online degree in theology. I had completed a Diploma ( or Assocate degree in Counselling Psychology through AIU ).

    Kindly recommend.

    • edfavor says:

      Dear Brother Samy, I encourage you to research among the available schools and find the one that fits your particular situation. There are so many to choose from. I learned a whole lot from Trinity Theological Seminary.

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