inprogress Posted October 27, 2016 Share Posted October 27, 2016 Hello, all, I grew up in a very conservative evangelical home, and consequently went to a very conservative Christian college. When I was in college, I began to move to the left of my parents and professors, and now would identify myself as a more moderate evangelical (along the lines of Fuller Theological Seminary). When I was finishing college, a professor frankly told me that I'd have no shot at getting into places like HDS, DDS, PTS, etc. with my degree, and that I would have to take out tens of thousands of dollars worth of loans to attend a place like Fuller or Gordon-Conwell (I think he was right on both accounts). The dean of the seminary attached to the college I attended offered me an 80% scholarship for the M.Div. program there, so I decided to stay at the same school and use try use the M.Div. to bridge into a second masters degree at a more prestigious school (i.e., HDS, PTS, etc.). I'm now in my second year in the M.Div. program, and I'm wondering if I've shot my own foot off by staying in such conservative circles for so long. I can't see myself teaching at a conservative "ministry-training" school like the ones I've attended (I'm too liberal), but I also don't know if I have any shot at a job in the moderate evangelical-to-secular range of schools either (My credentials are too conservative). I'm not enjoying school right now (I never agree with my profs, and I hate the ministry portion of the M.Div.), and I'm kinda wondering if it's time for me to give up the dream of being a professor. Is my background less damning than I think, or should I move on to another potential career? (IDK, I may just be suffering from some mid-semester blues.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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