12 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Seminary

John MacArthur | June 26, 2018

Choosing the right seminary is crucial, for it will shape your thinking process in all future ministries. As I have always told young men, seminary should be a place where they enjoy spiritual, biblical, and theological growth—not a battleground where they try to hold on to a remnant of their faith. Therefore, as you consider The Master’s Seminary or any other seminary, I urge you to ask the following questions:

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Does the seminary emphasize the expositional preaching and teaching of God’s inerrant Word in its curriculum?

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Is the faculty unified on the doctrinal statement and purpose of the seminary?

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Does the faculty model the appropriate content of godly character, scholastic excellence, and ministry commitment?

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Will the seminary reinforce my beliefs or will I have to fight for them?

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Does the seminary stress excellence in the theological discipline which will equip me for a lifetime of understanding and proclaiming Scripture?

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Does the seminary articulate a biblical philosophy of church ministry and worship?

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Does the seminary stress local church ministry involvement?

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Does the seminary have an emphasis on stimulating spiritual growth in both students and faculty members?

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Does the location of the seminary offer opportunities for ministry involvement both culturally and cross-culturally?

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Does the seminary have a solid history of effective placement service to ministry upon graduation?

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Does the seminary provide a lifetime relationship and continuing education upon graduation?

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Is the seminary training conducted in the midst of a local church environment?

 

I hope these questions will be helpful as you begin the process of seeking God’s direction for your future.

 

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John MacArthur is the president and professor of pastoral ministry at The Master's University and Seminary. He is also the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church, author, conference speaker, and featured teacher with Grace to You.

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