Individuals who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education can explore where to strengthen their gifts and prepare for this kind of vocation by attending Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Exploratory Weekend
, March 3-4, 2006.
“People often start exploring the possibility of attending seminary only when they can no longer ignore what they discern as God’s call to ministry,” says Admissions Director Kerry Rice.
“Discerning God’s call on our lives is a life-long journey. A seminary education can be a vital part of that journey. In the Reformed tradition, we believe that we come to know best the mind of God -- and ultimately the call on each of our lives -- through individual and corporate discernment.”
Exploratory Weekends, held twice each year, involve 25 to 50 participants from across the nation. They engage in workshops and presentations that address discerning the call to ministry, financing a seminary education, preparing for seminary, charting an academic plan, ministry as a second vocation, dual degrees, caring for families while in seminary, going directly from college to seminary, and women in ministry.
Nothing can take the place of personally experiencing the learning community of Louisville Seminary. On-campus visits are encouraged as a part of an individual’s decision-making process. Prospective students and their family and friends experience first-hand the community of Louisville Seminary. They attend classes and worship (when in session), enjoy informal conversation with faculty and students, meet with administrators and staff, tour the campus including our seminary housing, and explore metropolitan Louisville.
Weekend activities begin at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday and end with a community event on Saturday evening. Guests are welcome to stay through Sunday morning and join local congregations for worship. Registration fees are modest, ranging from $10 to $20 depending on the number of guests, and travel assistance for first time participants is available, up to $100.
Individuals who cannot participate in one of the Exploratory Weekends may schedule an individual visit with similar travel assistance available. Guests stay on campus in the Laws Lodge Retreat and Conference Center.
Special arrangements are available for groups, and Louisville Seminary will reimburse gas expense up to $200 when three or more prospective students are accompanied by a group sponsor.
Exploratory Weekends are scheduled two times each year, March and October. Individuals who would like to explore the Louisville Seminary experience may register online
or contact the Office of Admissions at 800.264.1839 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org