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What are good colleges in you plan on becoming a teaching pastor

So i feel i have a calling towards teaching the bible, yet i know not what to do! I am going to community college to get gen eds out of the way but im not sure what to do after #collegefutur e

Thank you comment icon Excellent calling. Understand though, gen eds are also courses that can be required for specific majors. I’ve worked at colleges for over 17 years and as an Advisor. Don’t take too many classes at a community college. They all won’t count in your major and you may still have required gen eds to complete. You have an Academic Advisor on campus. Schedule an appointment soon and ask how to transfer to another school that has your major of interest. Search on google Divinity Colleges. Best wishes. Ta Rus

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Frank’s Answer

Great question, Jericho! While it's important to identify which colleges to apply to, I'd also suggest checking churches in your area to see if any employ interns or part-time youth pastors, too, so you can get some "hands on job experience" up-front, too! For example, leading an adult Sunday School class, a Vacation Bible School class, or a youth study group over a summer could be great opportunities for you to practice preparing and leading a Bible teaching class. And remember, it's not just about preaching a sermon or running the show; many people in the class will have powerful personal testimonies and "life wisdom" to share, too - so keep yourself open to learning as well as teaching ;-) Finally, I found the following site, which has a number of respected schools that I recognize and know pastor friends who graduated from some of them, so I think it can be useful to you, too! https://thebestschools.org/rankings/best-schools-for-studying-bible/

Frank recommends the following next steps:

Check for internship and part-time pastoral opportunities in your community for gaining "hands on" experience.
Check for schools of interest in the https://thebestschools.org/rankings/best-schools-for-studying-bible/ list.
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Amber’s Answer

Hi Jericho,

Getting your gen eds out of the way early is a great idea. Next you'll want to decide if you want to get your bachelors in something, or go straight into seminary. Depending on what denomination you are a part of there are likely varied requirements for getting ordained or becoming a pastor. If you are currently a member of a church, a good place to start would be to ask your pastor/priest how they got where they are. They can give you the best advice on what kind of seminary you'll need to go to.

If you do want to get your bachelors before going on to seminary, you could get your bachelors in religious studies from a private or a public school. However, a religious studies degree at a public university will likely look quite a bit different than a religious studies degree in a private, religiously affiliated, college.

You could also get a different bachelors degree before going to seminary. I myself attended a private christian college to get my undergraduate degree and I know several pastors who first majored in something like psychology or history before going on to seminary.

So first, decide which direction you want to go and then start googling!

Good luck!

Amber recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your pastor or the leader of the church you are a part of
Decide if you want to go straight into seminary, or get your bachelors first
Start researching!
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