How does a prospective seminarian prepare for seminary, choose one, and get the most out of his theological education? Here are some guidelines.

Preparing for Seminary. Educational preparation for seminary is a highly individual matter. Many educators feel that a basic liberal arts education in a four-year college is the best preparation. It may or may not be. The student who does poorly in high school may not be able to take the pressure of a four-year college but may need to learn new study habits and take remedial work in a junior college or Bible college.

Some students who have come up through a Christian school system do their best in Bible colleges. Also, other students converted later in life, who have little or no understanding of a Christian world view, feel the need to surround themselves with the total Christian influence that may be found in a Bible college.

Whether the student goes to Bible college, junior college, or a four-year college, he needs to learn to think analytically, express himself in the spoken and written word, and develop an awareness of the world around him with all of its complexities.

In the realm of emotional and spiritual preparation, the student should distinguish between the call of God and his own need to exercise his talents. God does indeed use talents (which arise out of human personality) in conjunction with spiritual gifts that are sovereignly given. The prospective seminarian needs guidance in distinguishing between the two and seeing how his personality enhances or diminishes his spiritual gift.

Choosing a Seminary. The prospective seminarian should ask several questions of any seminary he considers:

1. Is it faithful to the orthodox Christian faith? Some prospective seminarians have ...

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