Paying for seminary

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges / Seminaries' started by Bibleman2k6, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. Bibleman2k6

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    7 years ago I preached the first time . I never thought it would be for more then one time and I knew God was calling me into the youth ministry however God wasnt done with me yet . God had more then youth he wanted me to preach to . He wanted everyone . Ok youre probaby wondering what this has to do with my topic so here it goes....

    I am unable to walk and on social security bennefits so my income is limited . I still live with my folks but I am considered an adult . Seminary is very important to me . I beleive that God has called me to the ministry however I want the knowledge so I know how to help people . The federal aid I do receive doesnt amount enough to pay for everything so I keep putting it off . I was wondering if anyone knew any good scholarships for something that can help me ?
     
  2. Jonathan

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    What type of undergraduate education do you have?
     
  3. Broadus

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    Have you approached the leadership in your local church? That appears to be the logical place to begin.

    Blessings,
    Bill
     
  4. Brother Ian

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    There are some great distance learning schools available at a reasonable cost. As Bill said, talk to your church leadership and ask them to help you find a school that meets your needs.
     
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    Bibleman,

    Are there any educational benefits for someone on SS such as yourself?

    I am sure you have checked on this?

    sdg!

    rd
     
  6. Dr. Bob

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    Bibleman - Odd to come hat-in-hand asking for help and then not responding to it. This is a place for discussion, brother, and you will learn and grow here only with regular participation.

    I have some ideas next time you come 'round.
     
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    Dr Bob,

    Although I didn't start this thread, I have been reading it, and hoping to gain something out of I could use.

    I just started school, Liberty University, in their Distance Learning Program, and although I do work full time, and that covers my living expensives, I am finding it hard to be able to pay for the classes/books.

    I have, in my opinion, done everything but beg for it. I do work 40 hours a week at a hospital, and on top of that, I do alot of odd jobs around the city, fix computers, install software, build websites, collect alumimun cans to recycle and anything I make goes to school, and anything left over at the end of the month from my monthly bills, rent, food, etc, goes to school. I have cut out everything that isn't needed as far as bills, with the exception of my internet bill, which I believe is needed. [​IMG] My cable is down to what is free with my apartment, I have a room mate to share expensives, I canceled my gym membership, I canceled other memberships each month I had that I didn't need. I did all of this over the last few months, and still it's hard to pay for school.

    I could go out and get loans to pay for it, but I am trying not to get too far into debt. I suppose as a last resort, it will be an option.

    So, even though I didn't start the thread, I would be intereded in hearing what you have to suggest. If you want to do it here, or in a PM, either way.

    Also, anyone else that might have suggestions, please speak up.

    Thanks for any help!

    Jamie
     
  8. Mark Fesco

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    If your Southern Baptist goto your state convention website. They all afford scholarships to people.
     
  9. Major B

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    Jamie,

    Enlist in the military (Air Force is best). They will pay tuition assistance for anything you take while on active service, and afterward, the Montgomery GI Bill is now up to around $50,000 worth of education. This would take you as far as you want to go.
     
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    Thanks for the information. I will look into it.

    Jamie
     
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    Although this thought did cross my mind when I read that the Army had raised the age limit. I am a late bloomer when it comes to wanting to get an education and work in the Lord's work. I am 38yo, so although I did go to the website and look over the military, I don't think that's the method for me.

    I believe I will continue to look around, for more options.

    Thanks!
    Jamie
     
  12. Mark Fesco

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    Your welcome.
     
  13. Brother Ian

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    The Montgomery GI Bill is an excellent source of money for education although I believe you will find service in the U.S. Navy to be more fulfilling. [​IMG]
     
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    "I believe you will find service in the U.S. Navy to be more fulfilling. [Smile]"

    [​IMG] read that as a saluuuute and a hearty agreement [​IMG] :D
     
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    Well Excentric I finally find a point of disagreement with you.Your best opportunities are in the ARMY. Check with them they have a program that will send you to sdhool for 4 years and they will pay for it while you live on E-5 pay.
     
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    "Well Excentric I finally find a point of disagreement with you."

    That's okay, you can be wrong if you want to. :D
     
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    Hey if it was good enough for George Washington it's good enough for me.
     
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    "Hey if it was good enough for George Washington it's good enough for me."

    I could ask if you know that from personal experience, but I won't.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Just reread the thread and noticed something that hasn't been mentioned.

    FAITH [​IMG]

    I always figured if He called me He must have the money for it. Always worked long hours and allowed Him to do the rest.

    Just something else to consider.
     
  20. Nord

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    I agree with the military suggestion. While you are in they will help you with 75% of tuition costs and when you get out you can use your GI Bill. Even without the college fund attached it is over 36,000 dollars paid at a rate of over 1000 a month of full time study. Want to work around the church then became a Chaplain Assistant (enlisted) in the military.

    If that is not an option then I agree with checking with state and national denominational leaders. There are reasobale seminaries out there and many also have scholarhips. If I recall Truett (for being associated with the mighty Baylor is very affordable).

    There are also very affordable foregin options such as South African Theological Seminary (SATS) (probably around a 100 or so a class after conversion to US dollars).

    Last option, if you cannot afford anything check out NationsUniversity. They are a church of Christ affiliated school founded as a mission. A professor on another board mentioned that the founders are very sincere. It was foudned for overseas but does enroll US students. Overseas students are free. US students pay 100 a year and that is it. If you do the on line option the texts are on line. They have a Bachelors in Relgious studies and Masters in Ministry and Masters in Religious Studies (MRS has church history major etc). Caveat....they are not accredited. The do have agreements for acceptance of students with a couple of Church of Christ Universities that are accredited. In other words there will be limited transferability. Mainly they are a good option of you cannot afford anything else but do not want a milled degree and do want some preparation (Greek/Hebrew). Don't let the sample questions on the site fool you as the actual tests are more difficult.

    http://www.nationsu.org

    Nord
     

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