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3/12/12 12:51 A

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Dear MJSteward,

It partly depends on your denomination and what kind of structure your faith community has. In the Catholic Church, people who have studied theology, religious studies or religious education often work as teachers, professors, guidance counselors, lay chaplains in hospitals or prisons or other institutions, etc. Theological libraries (of all denominations) are in desperate need of people who are qualified both in theology and library science (I know because I directed a library for many years).

On the other hand, a background in religious studies - like history and philosophy - is an excellent foundation for many other positions, especially in the helping professions and in public service. And of course, when it comes to VOLUNTEER work in the church, every parish I know of is dependant on volunteers who studied theology (often at seminary) but chose another career. They now give of their time and talent to God's people in a thousand ways.

Good luck and God's help! This cannot be an easy discernment for you.

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I don't know if I could explain exactly what it is about pastoring that I don't want, I just really get the sense that it is not the right fit for me and not something God is calling me to. Could have a bit to do with the leadership aspect, and interpersonal aspect.
I'm considering going the prof route at this point, but just wanted to know if there were any other possibilities, especially since I will need to work in between finishing my MA and starting a PhD (if that's what I decide to do).
So I'm most curious about the "a few others" you mentioned. Something like working for an organization that runs Bible Studies, or Christian seminars, might be along the right track.
I don't have much of a passion for youth or children.

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I started out that way. Started seminary, didn't want to be a pastor. Took God a year to straighten that one out. Of course, I'm now a pastor, so I guess that isn't helpful.

What is it you don't want? There's always chaplain, Youth director, religion professor, and a few others.

God bless

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt


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Okay I have one.... Help, I'm in Seminary and I don't want to be a pastor! Any ideas on what else I might be able to do with a Master of Arts in Christian Studies?

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This was very nice of you to share this !
I appreciate it !
Pastor Mike

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This topic is here because one member mentioned wanting to share issues of being a seminarian. Sometimes it is easier to talk about issues online than in person. Sometimes it's good to know that the problems of one denomination are the same as the problems of another. So have at it, seminarians!!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt


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