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Masterful? I hope!

After much contemplation, I am 99% sure that I am going back to school. Online. Because I don’t have the physical availability to go back to a traditional “on-campus” university with a full-time job and family. I have a bachelors degree in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina. Which works great, since I am currently a PR and Marketing Director. But. I’ve felt a stirring in my heart for some time now to move forward with a completely different calling. After much prayer and discussion with my husband, I am diving in.

I’m going to be getting my masters degree in Ministry or Divinity. !!!

I found an online program (accredited, of course) that would earn me a “Masters of Ministry” degree from Anderson University in SC. This is what I was originally planning on doing, and after talking about it with Trevor, he is actually going to do it, too! His current job involves a LOT of down time, so he’d be able to actually go back to school at work (pretty ideal), and if he gets the job he’s recently applied for as a firefighter (more on that later), he would be working 24 hours on and 48 hours off, so that would allow for his schooling to fit in perfectly, as well.

So, while I was planning on moving forward with that, full steam ahead, I researched more and now, I am contemplating just going all-in and getting my “Masters of Divinity.” I found another online program through Liberty University (if you know anything about either of these programs, let me know!) That is the standard degree for pastors and ministers. If I’m going to do it, I might as well really do it, right? I have a meeting with our pastor tentatively scheduled for next Friday so I can get his feedback, and I am waiting until after then to make my final decision on which way to go.

I am unsure of my end goal. I know I want as much knowledge as possible, though, and I know I want to be involved in women’s or family ministry in some way, shape or form. Please pray for Trevor and I as we enter this brand new phase of life! We need all the help we can get!

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  • Reply MamaSpaghetti

    Congratulations! How exciting for you!!

    April 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Kristy

    Good luck with the new endeavor! I went back to school – online – a few years ago. Many I’ve spoken to have said that online classes were hard for them, but I loved them. With the required discipline (that I know you have), you can really do well, connect with your professor and classmates, and learn so much. I graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting, and I very seriously contemplated going on for a master’s, but I got pregnant and decided I could only take on so much at one time. :) Praying for you and Trevor!

    April 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Allie Sloan

    Hey girl, I would lean towards the side of the M.Div. Anderson’s M.Min is really new and I don’t know much about it but M.Div’s are what they recommend for everyone going into the ministry. I think its more “official” if you know what I mean.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    How very exciting! I think that is absolutely awesome you going back to school for something you feel so passionately towards! My sister is looking into going back to get her Masters in Theology and she is just on fire for it…it sounds like you are the same. God lights fires in us for reasons we may not know now…but I will be praying for you and your hubby!

    April 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Robbie

    Ok… the only thing I know about Liberty University is that it is in one of the Virginias, not sure which one. My cousin was going to go there for missionary studies, but it was way strict about everything. She said they seemed very black or white, this way or no way to her. As far as the masters of divinity, my friend was going for that one here in Memphis, but ended up changing her major to Counseling. The counseling degree was less expensive, and more accomodating, and she is now a counselor in a church. She took several ministry courses along with it, but she graduated with a counseling degree.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    Go girl!! I’m back in school too! You can do it — and raise a family!! Way to go!

    April 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm
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