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What is a seminary, anyway? We take a closer look.

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What is Seminary?

November 17, 2017

seminary

You might not know this, but Lancaster Bible College is more than just a Bible college. In fact, if you look closely at our logo, you’ll notice that tucked just underneath of LBC’s name is yet another name: Capital Seminary & Graduate School.

Collectively, we refer to the college as LBC | Capital, but one word in there might trip you up if you’re not familiar with the terminology of academia: seminary. What, exactly, is a seminary? And why does it matter?

THE DEFINITION

Google will tell you that a seminary is a college that prepares students to be ministers. And that is true – but that definition is missing some important pieces. Yes, many of the master’s and doctoral degrees we offer through our seminary, like biblical studies, church planting and pastoral studies are directly related to “traditional” ministries. But here at LBC | Capital, we believe ministry preparation goes well beyond traditional church vocations. That’s why we also offer graduate degrees in areas like counseling and leadership – because ministry happens wherever Christians go.

WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY AT AN ACCREDITED SEMINARY

Here’s something you might not know: not all seminaries are created equal. There has been a recent trend where churches develop seminary programs that offer undergraduate and even graduate degrees with a ministry focus. Chances are those churches are not accredited institutions of higher education. And when it comes to higher education, institutional accreditation makes all the difference. LBC | Capital is a regionally accredited seminary and graduate school, meaning your ministry degree will be more readily recognized and accepted by those organizations looking for someone to join them in ministry.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A SEMINARY DEGREE

So if you study in a seminary that means you can only work in a church, right? Wrong! Our graduates serve and work in a wide array of professional areas. Some are already pastors and teachers in Christian ministries, but others serve as CEOs, leader of non-profits (both in Christian and non-religious settings) and still others are authors, licensed professional counselors, professors and school administrators. While some may think that seminary degree limits your career outcomes, we believe it does just the opposite: it empowers you to do more than you ever imagined.

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