For many, the words “back to school” conjures up images of picked-over school supply shelves at the discount store, fresh haircuts, new lunchboxes, and “first day” photos of the little ones on the front porch. At Midwestern, we have our own set of images representing this time of year.

What does back to school at Midwestern look like?

It looks like a cheerful team of student leaders helping new residents get moved in, even in the rain.

It looks like eager professors milling about the chapel foyer ready to establish the kinds of relationships that foster theology that “sticks.”

It looks like President Allen mingling with students and giving them the inside scoop on Kansas City’s best barbecue joints.

It looks like local church pastors ready to shepherd new residents and collaborate on ministry experiences to apply Midwestern’s theological training.

It looks like s’mores and Coke floats under string lights and around the welcome week bonfire.

It looks like a packed Sword & Trowel bookstore, replete with texts needed and wanted, not to mention all the coolest For The Church swag for your sartorial advancement.

It looks like a grill sizzling with burgers and dogs at Dean Yeats’s house, where undergrads are welcome to hang with new friends and family.

It looks like next-level tailgating in the seminary parking lot before an all-American field trip to Kauffman Stadium to watch the Kansas City Royals.

It looks like an eye-popping visit to the glorious Spurgeon Library, where 6000-plus books and artifacts from the life and ministry of the Prince of Preachers challenge you to make your studies count for more than good grades.

It looks like meeting your new best friend—or your future spouse—while signing up for a Timothy Group or wandering around the library.

It looks like all this and more. Because stepping into the buzzing halls of Midwestern isn’t just your next step into school, but into a Spirit-crafted community.

Yes, it looks like the next season of your training for the Church is shaping up quite nicely.

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