I just joined the BB after lurking for a long time and reading many topics. I am looking for some advice. I graduated from Bible College in 2000, with a degree in Biblical Studies/Pastoral Ministries. I want to pastor/start a church in New England. After graduating, I stayed at the job I already had through Bible college (software/systems engineer job). I did that until 2003, when I felt like I needed to get more involved towards working towards ministry. I started my own consulting business, and that has been going well. Because of this, I can set my own hours (to some extent). I've leveraged this to attend pastor's fellowship meetings, and from that, I've been invited to fill pulpits other than my own church. Right now, I feel like my wife and I still need to gain experience before I jump into the ministry. I'm working with my pastor on that now. I'm also contemplating seminary, and was thinking about Gordon-Conwell. Mostly, it is due to my location (2hrs 15mins from my house), and their distance learning programs, that would allow me to complete a good percentage of my studies at home. Also, it is regionally accredited, which means that if I go back to my previous employer, they will completely pay for tuition and books. The only other option in this area that I know of (besides regional accreditation) is Hartford Seminary, which is too far to the left for me. Regional accreditation plays an important part of my decision, as well as not having to have the residency part of the degree program outside the New England area. I have heard people and pastors caution me that going to a non-fundamentalist school could cause others to look at me with great suspicion. I'm willing to fight this battle if necessary. I know my pastor is highly supportive of getting more education (he has an earned doctorate in history). Have any of you had to worry about this problem? What should I be aware of if I decide to attend a neo-evangelical school? My intentions are not to become neo-evangelical, but to broaden my knowledge of the ministry.