Date of Award
Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Matthew 25:26-29; Matthew 25:21, 23; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9; Titus 1:10-11; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 7:22; Hebrews 11:24; 1 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Timothy 2:15; Luke 12:42;
During his three years at the seminary the theological student is taught the qualifications and requirements of a Lutheran pastor, and he is informed of the tremendous responsibilities and the exacting demands which a call into the ministry will lay upon him when he has become a pastor of a congregation. But the seminary training is not able to convert the student into a full-fledged pastor. Only long years of hard study and practical experience and divine grace can equip a man successfully and completely for this greatest and hardest calling and work in this world. Unless the ministerial candidate, upon the entry into his life’s work, continues, with firm determination and fixed purpose all through his life, to erect a well-built superstructure upon the foundation which was laid with the help of his teachers at the seminary, he will soon find himself unable to cope with the problems of his calling, he will fail to render efficient service as a steward over God's household, and he will forfeit the joy and the reward of a faithful shepherd of the f lock over which God has placed him.
Weidenschilling, John, "The Progressive Self-Culture of a Lutheran Pastor" (1937). Bachelor of Divinity. 8.
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