Hey! If you are studying at seminary, welcome to the club! I have studied toward a Master of Divinity degree for the past 11 years. Yes, you read that number right, 11 years. In 1999 I left a youth pastorate in NL, and made my way to Windsor, ON to begin seminary at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. After two years and 44 credits, I left DBTS for a pastorate in Saint John, NB. Not long after I arrived, I began to investigate options for continuing study. Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary was beginning a program at the time in Mississauga, ON and I flew up bi-annually to take classes in block format, while finishing the work at home. This worked well for a while, but I had to be honest; at that rate of study, it would take me the rest of my natural life to finish my degree. So, CBTS expanded their program to include a video conferencing dimension that has proved successful for me. We have a Poly Com videoconferencing unit here at the church (graciously on loan from Park Royal Bible Church) and I am able to dial in to live classes each day. This has greatly enhanced the learning process and sped it up as well. I am now on track to graduate in the Spring of 2011.
That was why I noticed with some interest that the bible software company Logos is offering a $1000 scholarship to seminary students who are working on completing their degree. You can read all about it at http://www.seminaryscholarship.com. If you’re a seminarian, you might even want to apply, after all, it can’t hurt! For me seminary has not be a financial burden like it has for others. I pay for books, but the church graciously pays for everything else. I am deeply indebted to them for this and thought it would nice to be able to give them a break from paying my tuition costs for a couple of courses. So hopefully I receive the scholarship – and the software package that accompanies it!