Seminary options around St. Louis

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges / Seminaries' started by SirColes, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. SirColes

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    I am trying to find a seminary to attend and am not having much success. My options look a bit limited given my inability to relocate at this time. Perhaps someone here knows of an option that I have not yet found. Here are my basic search parameters.

    1. My goal in attending seminary would be to change careers and become a teacher at a Bible college or seminary. (BTW – any tips on what I would need to do in order to pursue this goal would also be welcomed)
    2. I am in the St. Louis, MO area and cannot relocate
    3. I certainly would consider a program that is completely off-campus, but I am concerned with the acceptability of such degrees (goes back to number 1). Actually, a well-respected distance learning M Div degree may be the best thing.

    I appreciate any input you can provide.

    Roger
     
  2. mjohnson7

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    Here are some options...you may know of already:

    Concordia Seminary - Seminary of the Lutheran Church

    Covenant Theological Seminary - conservative seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America

    Eden Theological Seminary - seminary of United Church of Christ

    Calvary Theological Seminary - in Kansas City, a nondenominational, independent, fundamental seminary (an excellent school!). Their M.Div. can be completed by modules with exception of the languages.

    Liberty Theological Seminary - accredited online M.Div.

    also check with Missouri Baptist University. . . they did have some seminary extension courses there.

    matt
     
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    Sir Coles,

    I would go to Liberty University and look around. There has been some strong discussions as of late on the BB on the merits/demerits of the long and protracted MDiv degree.

    Liberty has a Master of Arts in Religion (which I hold from another University). It is a good degree and is basically a truncated MDiv "professional" or practitioner degree.

    What is meant by that is this; it does not lend itself towards the teaching ministry in the Bible College, liberal arts Christian university, or the seminary.

    I understand perfectly not being able to leave where you are. I was a Union Pipefitter/Welder, had a two year old, and my wife was pregnant with our 2nd child, when God called us to preach. We left it all to go to seminary. I have a little knowledge of the types of thoughts that might be going through your mind at this time. I pray for you as you seek God's wisdom and direction.

    I would say, after having gone through seminary 4 times, that the program @ LU would be commendable to one who is where you are. But, it would really be a help if you knew for sure that you wanted to teach on the college/seminary level. Then, that could set the tone and direction for which you need to go.

    I would be glad to talk to you via, PM, email, or by phone if you need to talk. Don't hesitate to contact me!

    sdg (soli deo gloria)!

    rd (Roger also!).
     
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    Sir Coles,

    Did you say what your Bachelor's degree is in and where did you get it?

    sdg!

    rd
     
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    Sir Coles,

    Also, if I remember correctly; Mid Western Baptist Theological Seminary @ Kansas City had an off campus program that met @ MoBap there in St. Louis.

    I would check that out for sure!

    sdg!

    rd
     
  6. SirColes

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    The others I have checked out, but for some reason I had not yet run across Liberty. I'll check that out. Thanks.

    rc
     
  7. SirColes

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    My BA is in MIS - a technical business degree.

    I'll contact Western and find out if that is the case. I know people that are taking some classes at MoBap toward a seminary degree, but I am pretty sure they still have to take some classes at the seminary campus itself. But I'll check with Western.

    As for the use of the degree - If I pursue a degree, it will be in order to use it to teach. I am finding other sources that are okay for simply improving my study abilities. So if I pursue a degree, it will be to both take my studies to the next level and to prepare for making the career change.

    I appreciate your prayers and what you went through to make the change.

    Thanks,

    Roger
     
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    If teaching is your primary goal I would consider St. Louis University. I know it's expensive, but an MA there would prepare you in historical theology for sure.
     
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    I am currently attending Southern Evangelical Seminary via distance education. I, too, am unable to relocate, so a distance education is my only option. I've found it to be an excellent school, and if I may say, quite unique in its commitment to put theology into a historical perspective and defending the faith.
    Find out more at www.ses.edu

    The cost is reasonable compared to other schools, and it is accredited.
     

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