Seminary students who want to be seminary teachers someday

May 10, 2008

Here’s a thoughtful post about a not uncommon phenomenon: those who go to seminary to train to be pastors who end up wanting to be seminary professors. (Or more commonly in my experience: those who go to Bible college and want to be Bible college professors.) Sean Lucas, who teaches at Covenant Seminary, has a good analysis that’s worth reading by both seminary (and Bible college) students and teachers.

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Every year, I meet with a number of seminary students who are interested in pursuing PhD studies. Usually, the first question I ask them is: “Why? Why do you believe that doctoral studies are part of God’s calling for you?” And the most frequent answer falls into a pattern that I have seen at the three seminaries where I have been privileged to work. …