I think I want to go to seminary, but is seminary right for me? What is seminary like? How do I figure out which schools to apply to? If you or someone you know or counsel is asking these questions, this book is for you. A true insider, Derek Cooper answers the questions of anyone considering or just starting seminary, as well as questions they may not have considered. With plenty of personal stories and experience, he explains what seminary is, whether seminary can provide the right training for different kinds of ministry, the practical aspects of going to seminary (money, location, theological affiliation, etc.), how much time seminary takes, what classes are like, and what the different degrees offer. Cooper also shares his extensive experience in researching seminaries and gives practical pointers on how to evaluate schools online, how to apply, and what to expect during the process. He even includes an appendix of theological terms for understanding the language of seminary and seminary websites. The only book of its kind, this engaging, thoughtful guide helps both prospective and beginning students make wise choices and know what to expect as they begin this life-changing experience.
Derek Cooper (M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Lutheran Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor at Esperanza College. Due to work, family, and program requirements, Derek has attended classes at six different seminaries. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with his wife.