Seminary will challenge you beyond what you might imagine—spiritually, intellectually, and even physically. For me, going to seminary was the hardest and most wonderful experience of my life.
Whether you are already going to seminary or plan to start soon, here are three things you can do now to help smooth out potential bumps in the road and make the journey a pleasant one.
1. Embrace the challenge
You will likely feel uncomfortable early on and perhaps even doubt your decision. You might feel unprepared to read and study at an academic level, even if you’ve studied the Bible your entire life. Professors will talk about subjects you are already familiar with in new ways, which might challenge what you believe about certain theological topics. You may struggle with new terms and concepts and find yourself resistant to new ideas—or even question your professor’s faith.
If you’re tempted to raise the white flag, turn, and run far, far away, remember why you…