The main reasons to go to seminary are to train, prepare, equip, and encourage us in future ministry. These attributes are necessary if we want to be the minister that God has called us to be. If God is calling us to go to seminary, we should take these reasons to heart.
The main reason to go to seminary is to equip us with the necessary tools serve and disciple others in ministry. It says in Ephesians 4:12, that God “equips us with the work of service, to the building up to the body of Christ.” God will use seminary to give us the tools to train others in our ministry and build others up in the body of Christ. Seminary will give us the ability to teach and disciple those in our ministry. While in seminary, we will be immersed in teaching and disciple making classes to equip us for further ministry.
The second reason to go to seminary is to prepare for the future ministry God has called you to. God will prepare you for ministry with the classes in your concentration in your desired area of ministry. The Professors teaching the courses have been through many years of experience in that specified field of ministry.
The third reason to go to seminary is to train. This training could take place in many forms that range from training in evangelism, moral character, family relationships, and godliness. The verse for training in evangelism is 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. This verse describes how Jesus Christ has made us ambassadors to reconcile others back to him. Lastly, the verse for training in godliness is 2 Timothy 3:16, which says, “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, correcting, and training in righteousness.” These verses encompass necessary attributes to attain while pursuing a degree in seminary.
The fourth reason to go to seminary is to be encouraged. Seminary will encourage you by the friends that you make and your professors. The Professors at seminary have many years of ministry experience and will be able to encourage you in your church while in seminary. A verse that describes this necessary value of encouragement is Hebrews 10:23-25. This verse says, “Let us hold fast to our confession of hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stimulate one another one towards love and good deeds, And let us not give up meeting together, as it in the habit of some, but encouraging one another, all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Those we meet in seminary will encourage us in our future ministry endeavors.
These reasons are necessary as you go into the specific area of ministry that you are called you. Training, equipping, preparing, and encouragement are important to molding us into the leaders in ministry that God has called us into. Lastly, it is important to know that God has us at seminary for a specific purpose and reason.
By Luke Urban. Luke attends Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He graduated from TCU in 2010 and loves all things Fort Worth. He is studying to go into student ministry.