Why Seminary? Why Wesley?
We challenge you to ponder two basic but vital questions:
- Why Seminary?
- Why Wesley?
Here are just a few reasons–on an ever-growing list–that seminary (in general) and WBS (in particular) are needed more than ever in a changing world.
1. The Holy Spirit isn’t enough.
“Why should I go to seminary? If God has called me, won’t the Spirit empower me for ministry?” That is a legitimate question, since education alone cannot prepare or equip anyone for the service of God. Yet, neither are a call from God, passion, and spiritual gifts sufficient in themselves.
Preparing for such serious, holy service is central to our faithful response to the Lord’s summons. A better question, therefore, is, “Where should I entrust my mind to be sharpened, my heart filled, and my soul formed for such a significant task as serving God’s Kingdom and leading Christ’s Church?”
Exploring the depths of the truths outlined in this doctrinal statement that we might proclaim them clearly and faithfully, being shaped by the glorious mystery of the Gospel to lead and serve as “laborers together with God” (I Corinthians 3:9)—that’s “Why seminary?”
–Dr. Steve Blakemore, Professor of Christian Thought
(Read entire article, The Self-Revealing God, here.)
2. The world needs storytellers.
As Christians, we have a story to tell: the thrilling story of Scripture, the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Our story teaches us where we come from, where we are now, and where we are headed in the dramatic culmination. It is the story of creation, humanity, sin, and salvation. It has moral virtue. It makes sense. It gives us answers. It follows through in delivering wisdom, truth, and peace.
A world in desperate need of hearing this story needs good storytellers. We are all called to tell the story, but some are called to lead the storytelling revolution. They are called to be the master storytellers.
That’s why Christian education—and seminary in particular—is important. In good seminaries, master storytellers apprentice others called to the storytelling mission. Students intimately learn the art of the story and how to tell it well so they can pass on the legacy of the greatest story ever told.
Wesley Biblical Seminary trains storytellers. In a world where some seminaries have fallen prey to the lure of science, subjectivism, and socialism, WBS refuses to dilute or distort the story. We remain committed to the inerrancy of the source: Scripture.
We also refuse to waver on what the veracity of this story means for us now. We believe the story calls us to holy lives enabled by the grace of our triune God.
–Dr. John E. Neihof, Jr., former WBS President
(Read entire article, Why Seminary? Why Wesley?, here.)
3. Proper handling of Scripture requires the proper tools.
In a time when pressures constantly seek to relegate the role of Scripture, people who are “skilled” in understanding Scripture and committed to defending and proclaiming it are at a premium. A quality seminary not only realizes this but is committed to providing a context where this need can be met. A quality seminary is a place to study linguistics, history, philosophy, culture, and theology—all of which are critical to orthodoxy but are not necessarily commonplace. Perhaps more importantly, a quality seminary must also emphasize that a devotion to Scripture cannot be purely cerebral or academic. It must foster an engagement with our communities and edify the Church. With Ezra, we read how his devotion to Scripture allowed him to understand the urgency of his context and fortify him to lead his community through a dramatic but necessary course of action.
A good seminary, like WBS, is committed to these ideals. It seeks to develop the next generation of Church leaders, to help the faithful discern and achieve their place in the Kingdom of God, to equip the faithful with the tools necessary for the proper interpretation of Scripture, and to nourish a commitment to social transformation in light of God’s holiness. To that, I say, “Amen!”
–Dr. David Schreiner, Assistant Professor of Old Testament
(Read the entire article, Ezra: A Man Devoted, here.)
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