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One of our readers is well-employed and competent, but is now considering a mid-life change to attend seminary and pursue — well, he’s not sure if it will lead to church ministry or possible academia. He’s asked to open this up to the Jesus Creed blog community … so what do you think?

I’d be interested to hear from Jesus Creed readers who made a career change to attend seminary in mid-life.  What prompted you to make the change?  Did you have a certain “calling” to vocational ministry?  How did you manage the family and financial issues?  What seminary did you attend, and why?  Where did you land afterwards? I’d also be interested to hear from folks who’ve made time to study theology without fully changing careers.  How did you integrate that study with other aspects of your life?  What made you decide not to pursue vocational ministry?

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