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InDepth – Discussion on Seminary Education

Seminary Education without an Undergraduate Degree: Yes! It is possible.

Are you one of the estimated 46 million Americans who have some college education, but not a completed undergraduate degree?* Have you also spent time or are currently serving in a ministerial or pastoral context? Do you feel God’s call and desire a seminary education, but are uncertain you are educationally qualified? If you answered...
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Why Does the Churches of God, General Conference Value Seminary Education and Our Relationship with Winebrenner Theological Seminary?

Is a seminary education really necessary today? This question arises more than you might think. “We live in a world with Google. Do you really need a seminary?” “The most successful pastors I know didn’t attend seminary. Why do I need it?” These are just a couple of the reasons offered against seminary education that...
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Accessibility

Upon leaving Bible College in 1991, some of my classmates moved to various locations to attend seminary. I went to San Antonio, TX as a youth pastor. Fast forward fifteen years when God started directing me to seminary education. There were no evangelical seminaries in Milwaukee and I was in a ministry position and unable...
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Affordability

Many significant financial changes have occurred at Winebrenner since I arrived in March 2016. Winebrenner’s continued work toward financial stability is not unlike that of other theological seminaries in the United States, including Fuller Theological Seminary (one of the three largest seminaries in the United States according to the Association of Theological Schools) who, in...
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Why does Winebrenner Seminary have trimesters?

I graduated from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in 1999 with a Master of Divinity degree. My educational experience consisted of morning and afternoon courses (all in person), weekly chapel, monthly Student Fellowship meals, and evenings spent either studying or spending time with friends (many were other seminary students). During the summer between our second and third...
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“Pathways” Partners

One of the ways in which Winebrenner Theological Seminary is talking about fulfilling our strategic plan is through the development of collaborative relationships with non-educational contexts, such as local churches and denominational bodies.  To provide a clear identifier for these collaborative relationships, we’ve begun referring to these settings as “Pathways” partners. These settings are distinct...
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Why Accreditation Matters

When I travel for business or leisure, I’m a review reader. My phone has an entire tile filled with travel apps like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google maps for quick access to Google reviews. You see, before I spend my money on a meal or an attraction, I want to know what I can expect. Two-star...
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An Analysis of the Cost of Theological Higher Education

Winebrenner Theological Seminary is launching a new blog series called InDepth that is intended to provide some insight and analysis into where we are, where we are heading, and how we’ll get there.  Although anyone is welcome to read these posts, the entries will be written primarily for our audience of current faculty, staff, administration, Board members, as...
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