KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Midwestern Seminary announced this week the release of President Jason K. Allen’s latest book project, Succeeding at Seminary: 12 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Theological Education. The volume is published by Moody Publishers.
The 114-page work features a collection of practical wisdom for those considering beginning in seminary or those who are just starting out.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to publish a book I wish I had access to many years ago when I began in seminary,” Allen said. “It has been a privilege to partner with the team at Moody Publishers, and I am doubly grateful for the group of pastors, seminary presidents, and ministry leaders who provided kind words of endorsement for the project.”
The new volume includes chapters on confirming one’s call to ministry, committing to a season of training and preparation, choosing the right seminary, and practical tips for succeeding while in school such as managing one’s time, the balance between work and home, and cultivating a strong supporting cast for the road ahead.
Allen noted that the primary audience for the book includes those considering seminary training and those just beginning in their seminary journey but encourages anyone with a mind and heart for the next generation of church leaders to pick the volume up.
“I wrote the book as a practical help for those who sense a call to ministry and who are exploring their next steps,” Allen said. “20 years ago, my wife and I packed our belongings into a U-Haul and moved onto a seminary campus several states away. Though I enjoyed a fruitful seminary experience, I did not know back then what I know now. I wish I had access to a guide then, helping me know what questions to ask and where to find the answers. I am thrilled for the opportunity to step into this space and offer help to those in a similar position as I was.”
The volume is endorsed by a number of recognizable individuals within the SBC and evangelicalism more broadly. Among them are Steven Lawson, president of OnePassion Ministries and professor as The Master’s Seminary, R. Albert Mohler Jr., president at The Southern Baptist Seminary, Daniel Akin, president at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Matt Smethurst, managing editor at The Gospel Coalition, David Mathis, executive editor at desiringGod.org, and many more.
Dr. Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, provided the book’s foreword. In it, he notes: “I believe you will find Dr. Allen’s advice both wise and timely…In fact, I do not believe there is a wasted word in this book. If you are considering seminary, you really do need to pray and think through all the issues that are raised here and pay heed to all the wise and godly counsel that Dr. Allen offers.”
The book is available now from Moody Publishers. You can learn more about the volume and purchase it at: jasonkallen.com/sasbook