I won’t be posting anything controversial today!
Just wanted to let everyone know that I received my acceptance letter (via email) to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the fall 2013 semester! Also, they included in the letter that I have received a $4,500 per year scholarship. I may also be receiving other scholarships, which I will find about later. I’m very excited about the prospect of going to seminary, and especially for being about to continue on in my theological education.
For those of you who don’t know about seminary, here’s a little info: I plan on going to seminary to receive an M.Div., which is pretty close to receiving two master’s degrees – one in practical theology (basically ministry) and one in (I suppose you could call it theoretical) theology. The current goal for our family after seminary is to pursue church planting. Also, we plan to plant a church community that looks and practices on a much different plane than most churches do today. That’s something I’ll probably explain at a later time. Many of my thoughts on the subject are still abstract, but suffice it to say it won’t be “church” like people recognize it today.
Also, Gordon-Conwell is really cool because it is a well-respected, theologically-conservative seminary that is in the top tier of divinity schools and seminaries around the country. It is so well-respected, in fact, that it participates in something called the Boston Theological Institute, which allows for cross registration in classes at schools like Harvard Divinity School, Boston College, and other highly respected institutions in the Boston area.
Elaine and I are still in the middle of really deciding about this whole seminary thing, but I know it is a step in the right direction for our family (or will be at some point in the future). We will be in prayer over the next few months about making this decision and weighing the pros and cons for what moving would mean for our family.
As an aside, only 23 days until graduation!