Deciding to go to seminary can be a very personal decision. Perhaps you have felt a leading by the Holy Spirit to further your biblical knowledge and understanding or perhaps you are going to seminary because you are a PK (Pastor’s Kid). Perhaps you are going to seminary straight out of your undergrad because it just feels like the natural thing to do.
My own decision to go to seminary falls in the category of feeling led by the Holy Spirit. My undergraduate degree was in Accounting from a state university in California. After receiving my degree I had only one goal in life…to make money. However after working for a few years in the Corporate Business world, I felt discontent and unhappy with the direction my life was going. Maybe you can identify with this feeling of discontent. Perhaps you are trying to figure out whether or not seminary is the right direction for you because of you feel a deep longing to do something more significant with your life and you know that following Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the world. I absolutely felt that way. However, let me caveat this by saying that you don’t necessarily need to go to seminary to follow Christ.
Deciding to go to seminary must be Spirit led and God focused. Seminary is not a “fill the God sized hole in my life” type of endeavor. For example, though I felt very discontent and desired something more, my initial reaction was not to go to seminary but rather to serve the homeless and the poor in my community. Only after being led to different churches and meeting Pastors and “coincidentally,” seminary professors, did the call to seminary become clear. Moreover, once you feel led to attend seminary and decide to obey, you should expect to see God-like events occur.
After deciding to go to seminary, we were led halfway across the country. The logistics of relocating can be daunting however if you are being led, some of these logistics can “sort itself” out. For example, we needed a place to stay and jobs to support my seminary education and without too much trouble, these things were provided for us BEFORE we even relocated. This confirmed the call.
In essence, my decision to go to seminary began with a sense of discontent, was followed by being led through other people God was using, and confirmed through God’s provision. Of course, this formula can apply to any call in life and any call to ministry. My encouragement to you is if you are toying with the idea of going to seminary, sensitize yourself to the Holy Spirit and be acutely aware of how other people are speaking into your life right now. That’s how it happened for me.
By Joseph Siacunco. Joseph is a Masters of Divinity Student at Denver Seminary located in Littleton, CO. He currently works at Mission Hills Church in the Finance Department and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has worked in Accounting since 2004 but also serves at his church in other ways including teaching and preaching.