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Essay prompts
These essays should accompany your online application form. Please write answers to all the questions for your degree program. Dual degree applicants should complete the essays for one degree and make a separate application to the second degree at another time. You may submit these essays by attaching a Word document and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu
 
Master of Divinity Applicants

1. In an autobiographical essay, tell us what leads you to apply for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program. Please reflect on your life journey including areas such as family, education, work, community, and church experiences, especially those that you view as significant turning points or that have contributed to your sense of the call of God on your life. (750-1000 words)

2. Short answer questions (max of 250 words for each prompt):
  • Describe the type of ministry (congregational pastor, chaplain, youth minister, counselor, teacher, etc.) that interests you. Why do you find this type of ministry interesting?
  • What do you think are the most important gifts that ministry professionals must have to be successful? Why are these gifts important?
  • What gifts do you have for ministry now and what are the areas where you can grow? Describe some events, words of advice, spiritual practices, or studies that have helped you identify these gifts. Also describe the sorts of activities and practices that help you to nurture and develop them.

3. How do you anticipate that your education at Louisville Seminary will help you prepare for ministry and further develop your gifts?

4. Write an essay responding to one of the following prompts. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers to the questions. Your essay should demonstrate your best writing skills, use proper citation, and indicate your ability to think critically and creatively. (750-1000 words)

  • People have different opinions about the relationship between religion and politics, ranging from belief that church and state should be entirely separate to belief that religion requires one to engage in public discourse. Discuss why the church should or should not venture into the arena of politics.
  • Some contend that human beings are significantly responsible for climate change and its threat to flourishing life. Others are skeptical of this analysis and argue that the climate is always changing naturally. Should the church address this issue? If so, how?
  • Muslims are planning to build a mosque and educational center in the vicinity of your church. Members are responding in mixed fashion: some are worried and expressing opposition, while others are eager to be good neighbors. Whether as lay leader or pastor, how would you help to guide your church in this situation?
  • Violence, or the threat of violence, influences countless aspects of life in today’s world. Choose a form of violence (militarism and war, terrorism, domestic abuse, drug-related or poverty-related crime, etc.) and comment on what should be the role of Christian leaders in shaping a faithful response.
  • Members or groups within churches or service organizations frequently have divergent or conflicting needs and wants. Choose a specific area of church or social service work (such as worship, education, mission, or social activities) and describe how groups can conflict over this aspect of ministry. If you were in a position of leadership in such an organization, how would you work to mediate the conflict?
Submit all essays in a single Word document or other text file. Please attach the file and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu
   
Master of Arts (Religion) Applicants
 
 
  1. In an essay, tell us what leads you to apply for an admission to the Master of Arts in Religion degree program. What is your area of concentration (Bible or Religious Thought)? Please reflect on your life journey including areas such as family, education, vocation, call to ministry, etc. (750-1000 words)
  2. What is your understanding of who God is and what is the basis for this belief? Make sure that the essay demonstrates your best writing skills and an ability to think critically as it will serve as a writing sample for the Admissions Committee. (750-1000 words)
  3. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of studying at a church-related seminary as opposed to a department of religion or school of divinity at a university? (300-500 words)
  4. Provide a resume detailing your work history, including dates of employment, employer, position, and a brief description of your work.What has influenced you to apply to Louisville Seminary? (100-200 words)
  5. What has influenced you to apply for admission to Louisville Seminary? (100-200 words)
Submit all essays in a single Word document or other text file. Please attach the file and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Applicants 

  1. Give an autobiographical account of your life course and family history, highlighting transgenerational themes that contribute to your interest in marriage and family therapy.
  2. Why are you interested in marriage and family therapy at this time? What factors led you to decide to pursue studies and what type of ministry in the field of marriage and family therapy do you hope to pursue in the next five years?
  3. Please write a 2-3 page summary of an interaction with a person in which you played a helpful role. Include an introduction, verbatim quotes in the middle section, and then give a brief analysis of the situation. A CPE verbatim will suffice for this. Take measures to safeguard the anonymity of the person with whom you spoke.
  4. Include a full resume that outlines any previous clinical experience, practice, supervision, training, work experience and courses that relate to your background in this field - this should also include copies of final evaluations from clinical pastoral education supervisors, if applicable.
  5. What has influenced you to apply to Louisville Seminary and its Marriage and Family Therapy degree program? (100-200 words)
Submit all essays in a single Word document or other text file. Please attach the file and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu
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