While we are increasingly thankful for all the ways technology and adaptability allow opportunities for theological education in almost any context, we are still convinced that the best way to get trained for ministry is to relocate to a seminary campus. But don’t just take our word for it. Let some of our students share with you the multiple benefits of getting your theological training on campus at Midwestern.

Contact

Sam Parkison, current Ph.D student
“The greatest benefit to residential education at Midwestern that I have experienced is the relational contact I enjoy on a daily basis. Our professors often describe seminary as ‘formalized discipleship,’ and that has been true for me in a number of ways. My fellow students and I are like iron, perpetually sharpening one another, and my professors have become fathers of the faith who teach me through formal instruction, godly example, and shepherd-like counsel.”

Community

Mike Brooks, current M.Div student
“One of the greatest benefits has been proximity to Midwestern’s gifted faculty and staff in both formal and informal settings.  Additionally, being part of a community of students who are genuinely serious about theological education and their approach to ministry has helped me to remain both patient and focused during this season of preparation and study, confident that what God is doing in us here will serve the church well in the years down the road.”

Context

Whitney Prewitt, current M.Div student

“Residential seminary has given me opportunity to practice what it looks like to uproot and invest in a new place—to make new friends, learn new communities, and join a new church. It has also given me opportunity to be fully engaged in my education through attending chapels, lectures, and special campus events. I’ve been blessed to learn under, ask questions of, and dialogue with those who literally ‘wrote the book’ on the topics we’re learning. The seminary years are a crucible of sorts, and most of us are faced with conflicting demands on time and energy. Residential education allows us to struggle through that together, to learn face-to-face from faculty and mentors who have done the same things and lived through it, and to grow in sanctification in the process. If I had the choice to make again, I would unequivocally choose residential learning.”

Closeness

Tyler Sykora, current M.Div student
“Nothing can replace being face to face with your peers and a learned professor as you seek to understand God’s Word, and as you learn how to rightly divide the word of truth. Having questions answered instantaneously, and being able to debate with other students in real time is sharpening and clarifying for the student.”

Counsel

Ronni Kurtz, current Ph.D student
“The facetime with professors allows relationships that go beyond just that of ‘instructor.’ My professors have become mentors, supports, friends. In the classroom, they can instruct me as to how the atonement works. Over a cup of coffee, they can instruct me as to how the atonement impacts my marriage, my personal struggles, etc.”

Culture

Brandon Freeman, current M.Div student
“Residential education puts a culture with a curriculum. That culture brings with it people who in seminary and after will be a source of encouragement and edification. My wife and I relocated to pursue theological education because we were convinced that the best Midwestern Seminary had to offer was to be gained on campus in Kansas City. For all who are able, choose the residential format and be blessed by its advantages. “