What Is Your Calling?
I have a great passion for college students, especially those who have grown up in a Christian home and aren’t prepared to handle the dangers of the secular college environment. I hate that over 60% of kids having grown up in a Christian home will become “spiritually disengaged” after they graduate high school.* Because of this passion, I feel called to minister to, disciple, and teach college students in hopes of strengthening them in their faith and helping them remain faithful during the most pivotal time in their life. To do this, I want to become a part of Reformed University Fellowship as an ordained campus pastor. This is a full-time support driven ministry that focuses an evangelism, discipleship, ministry training of young people, and community outreach. For more information, you can visit Reformed University Fellowship.
How Do You Prepare To Be A Campus Pastor?
In order to be a campus pastor, I need to have my Master’s of Divinity. It’s essential to be trained properly before jumping into the great mission field of the American university. Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte (rts.edu), will not only increase my knowledge, but will give me access to invaluable people who can disciple me and help me mature and prepare for the rigors of ministry. While in seminary, I also plan on being involved in practical ministry so as to continue to build experience.
Is Seminary The Same As Graduate School?
I don’t regard seminary as typical graduate school. It is not the typical 40-60 credit hour Master of Arts (it’s a 106 credit hour program at a graduate school level); and it isn’t a typical career advancement strategy because it’s only valid for getting into the ministry, not to a wide range of jobs for which an M.A. can apply. Seminary is ministry training, just like the training missionaries have to undertake in order to prepare for full-time ministry overseas. I view it as my full-time job for three years in preparation for my full-time calling as a missionary to the university campus.
How Long Does It Take To Complete Seminary?
Since it is a 106 credit hour degree, it takes a while! Typically, students complete the degree in 3-4 years. Since I will be working some 20 hours a week, I will most likely take the 4 year route. This will enable me to focus well on both my teaching and my studies.
How Will You Pay For Seminary?
Seminary costs about $16,000 per year ($450 per credit hour). I have earned a partial scholarship from RTS, but it doesn’t cover all the costs of seminary. It seems unwise to take out a loan in order to pay for seminary, simply because seminary does not guarantee a high-paying career that makes paying off debt very feasible. Rather, I am relying on my monthly pay-check and the generosity of people like you in order to pay my way through seminary.
Will You Have A Job In Seminary?
Yes! I will be a part-time 9th grade history and literature instructor at Greyfrairs Classical School in Charlotte (http://www.greyfriarsclassical.org/). I will be teaching two classes, two days each week. This will be a steady source of income that will hopefully remain my job as many years as I am in seminary.
How Can I Help?
There are two primary ways that you can help: prayer and financial support. I cannot attend seminary and pay for living expenses on my paycheck from Greyfriars alone. So I need financial support from people willing to invest in the Lord’s work in me and through me. This is my missionary training, and I need you financial help. I also need your prayer. I need prayer that God will protect me, use me, keep me encouraged, and help me get the most out of my time in seminary. I also need prayer that I will find a healthy church, manage my time well, and find opportunities to use my gifts to serve. Also, I’d love notes and visits!!!