I’ve published something like this before, but with new Seminarians now bedding down and veteran students struggling to get out of bed, this is a good time to remind you of the pros and cons of seminaries, and how to profit from them.

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Let’s start the seminary articles with a number of series from TGC, Desiring God, Servants of Grace, Everyday Theology, etc, then we’ll move on to individual articles.


Dear Seminarian

8 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Seminary

Studying Doesn’t End with Classes

I Wouldn’t Trade Seminary for Anything

Seminary Tips From The 18th Century




How To Keep The Seminary Christian (Part 1Part 2Part 3)


  1. Take the hardest classes.
  2. Learn the Languages.
  3. Take some professors who will teach you the art of exegesis, and others who will teach you the science.
  4. Be in ministry/don’t be in ministry.
  5. Take teachers, not classes.
  6. Concerning grades.
  7. Stay away from distance learning.
  8. Take teachers who will teach you a method.
  9. Go for depth and breadth.
  10. Seek out a mentor. 
  11. In sum: Love God and do as you please.


How to Stay Christian in Seminary (Crossway, 2014).


My Best Advice for Young Theologians | The New England School of Theology

Books to Read Before You Start Seminary/Divinity College

10 Things I Wish I’d Been Told in Seminary | Life and Theol ogy

“He Desires a Noble Task” The Erosion of the Evangelical Pastorate

Age-Old Question: Am I Too Old for Seminary? | the Cripplegate

Theological Education in the Local Church | Church at Brook Hills | Tim Brister

Advice for Undergraduates Planning on Seminary – Mere Orthodoxy

John Frame’s Advice: 30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians | Andy Naselli

A Seminarian’s Prayer | For Christ and Culture

Seminaries and Spiritual Formation: Restatement – Reformation21 Blog

What are Seminaries For? – Reformation21 Blog

The Role of the Seminary in the World Today: Mohler and Lillback – Justin Taylor

The Andrew Fuller Center » Spiritual formation and the modern seminary

8 Tips for Being a Productive Student | Everyday Theology

What I Learned at Seminary

On Witsius, Character and Cleaning Rosters – Reformation21 Blog

Michael Halcomb’s 15 Things that Make Being a Biblical Scholar Difficult

3 Reasons Seminaries Exist. | the Cripplegate

7 Objections to Going to Seminary – Justin Taylor

Ten Reasons to Attend Seminary

Timeless Wisdom for Seminary Graduates – The Gospel Coalition Blog

A Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians – The Gospel Coalition Blog

(Re-) Forging a New Vocational Identity: the “Pastor-Theologian” (Part 1) | Hopeful Realism

Whither the Seminary Model? – Reformation21 Blog

Do Seminary Grads Burn Out Quickly?

Why I Love Bethlehem College – Desiring God

Your 4 Priorities for Seminary – The Gospel Coalition Blog

30 Things to Remember in Seminary by Burk Parsons | Ligonier Ministries Blog

Use the Right Tool for the Right Job: Gospel Maturity for Seminary | For His Renown

4 Things to Remember While in Seminary – Trevin Wax

What Does It Mean to Be a Gospel-Centered Seminary?

7 Things the Church Expects from the Seminary | Everyday Theology

Thoughts on Seminary from a Graduating Seminarian « Christianity Matters

Philosophical Fragments » How Can Seminaries Shape Christ-Like Students?

BibleX: What Seminary Cannot Do

Q&A: Is Seminary Necessary? | The Village Church : From Our Pastors

On Identifying and Training Future Pastors | Permanent Things

Seminary Advice Windup « Ad Fontes

On Choosing a Seminary – Reformation21

So You Are Thinking of Going to Seminary? – Kevin DeYoung

Training Christian Leaders: An Urgent Need – The Gospel Coalition Blog

William Cunningham’s advice to theology students on their use of the Sabbath – Reformation21 Blog

Core Convictions Behind Theological Training

Why I Still Go To Seminary

Three Deaths Every Seminarian Must Face | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

Advice for Theological Students and Young Pastors | TGC

More Advice for Theological Students and Young Pastors | TGC

Ant Farm 101 – Reformation21 Blog

Reasons to Study at a Seminary

The Mid-Degree Crisis and the Value of Work During Seminary | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

What Our Pastoral Interns Read | TGC

Pastor, Heal Thyself? | Seminary Grad School

The First Seminary | the Cripplegate

My Ideal Seminary Student | David L. Allen

Confessions of a Black Seminarian | RAANetwork

Towards a New Model of Theological Education | TheEcclesialCalvinist

not ashamed | Don’t Stop Believing

A Case for Seminary . . . Warts and All. | PARSE

What I Wish I Had Done In Seminary – Reformation21 Blog

Ten Areas Where Pastors Need to Be Trained for the 21st Century

Don’t waste your theological education! | Denny Burk

Welcome to Seminary—Now What? How to Be Faithful as a Seminary Student – AlbertMohler.com

How seminaries fail

Themelios | Article: Jesus The Theological Educator | The Gospel Coalition

20 Ways to Pray for the Seminaries – Justin Taylor

Why I Love Seminary 

Do We Still Need the Seminary System? – The Calvinist International

Why the Church Still Needs the Seminary – Kevin DeYoung

My New Life at RPTS | Gentle Reformation

Professors’ Pet Peeves » Sociological Images

School Is In Session: 3 Classroom Recommendations for Every Graduate Student

An Interview with Ligon Duncan – Justin Taylor

Your 4 Priorities for Seminary – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Westminster Theological Seminary – 30 Things to Remember in Seminary

RTS Jackson – Pastor-Theologians

Out of Ur: Yes Church, We Still Need Seminaries

5 Reflections on My First Year of Seminary | Daniel Darling, Author, Pastor, Speaker

Advice To Young Preachers | The Heidelblog

20Schemes » Establishing New Church Based Training Centres

An Open Letter to Seminarians – She Worships

Incoming Seminary Students – Why are they here? | Greg Henson | Beyond Tomorr ow

RTS Jackson – Admissions – Seminary Checklist

What Is the Biggest Change Evangelical Seminaries… | Christianity Today

Why Go to Seminary? – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Brothers, Train Up the Next Generation – Desiring God

Should Seminary Professors Also Pastor Their Students?-Housewife Theologian

Seminary Graduates: Blessing or Curse? « Faith Improvised

Brothers, We Are Not Professors – Desiring God

New Theologian, May I Have a Word? – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Credo Magazine on Old Princeton

Seminary Professor as Spiritual Director | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

To my fellow seminary wife

Husbands, Love Your Wives More Than Seminary – Christianity.com

Seminary Wives: 10 Encouragements for the Journey – The Gospel Coalition Blog

The New Era of Theological Education | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

The Future Shape of Theological Education | Catalyst Resources Catalyst Resources

New Innovations in Theological Education: An Interview With Kent Anderson | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer


How to Write a Theology Essay | Andy Naselli

Covenant Theological Seminary / Resources

Home – Style Guides and Templates – LibGuides at Southern Seminary

Maintaining the Biblical Languages « But In These Last Days…

Want to Remember Your Notes? Write Them, Don’t Type Them – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Advice on Reading Noteworthy Theological Chapters, Articles and Sermons – Feeding on Christ

Suggested Reading List – Reformed Forum

The Constructive Curmudgeon: Banning Laptops in the Classroom

The Constructive Curmudgeon: What is a Library?

ESV GreekTools – Justin Taylor

The Gospel Coalition | Resources: Courses

Theological Seminaries List – Sort By Cost, Location, or Denomination

TMS Lectures Now Online | the Cripplegate

MOOC Divinity School

250+ Free Online Seminary Classes, Courses, Programs, and Book Recommendations | Kevin Halloran’s Blog | Christ, Culture, Books and More


Russell Moore: Student-Loan Debt and the Future of Seminaries – WSJ.com

The Economic Realities of the Theological Vocation (part 1) | Everyday Theology

Paying for seminary | The Christian Century

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