A Blog of Geek Eccentricities
I said something similar a couple of days ago to my accountability group for one of my classes: it seems an odd way to prepare for ministry to have no time to talk to anyone other than coworkers and family.But my work definitely puts me in regular contact with nonChristians. I'm very much the oddball here.
Is it possible to do seminary and have a real life at the same time - including a job to pay for seminary?I would be a mid-career seminarian, but I could not do it if I had to be unemployed in the process.
Is it possible? No. Assume a 40-hour job, 20 hours in part-time seminary, and 10 hours of activity in a local church.
Welcome to the, eh, "Real World" vis a vis seminary student.
Serving as a student local pastor while I was in seminary (at Pgh Theological Seminary) saved my ministry from isolation. Student pastoring is one of the best programs in the UMC, in my view.
Sure, but it's still only among Christians. We lose our fluency in World like that.
While I was in seminary, I lived in a neighborhood full of non-Christians and I coached high school soccer -- another great place to meet non-Christians. I did my laundry in a laundromat full of non-Christians. I'm not saying that it's something you can personally do, but for me, seminary caused me to really intentionally seek out non-Christians. I've found that the same is true in full-time church work; if I don't seek them out intentionally, I'll never rub shoulders with non-Christians.
you should be complaining. non -christians keep us healthy and on our toes, and are the main reason we are called ... don't ever ever forget it.
I just went to the local pub alot.
Alas, that's not an option for Asburians. We aren't allowed to drink.
You don't have to drink to go to the pub. Just carry a Bible and wave it around a lot.
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