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Why Students Start Seminary [Infographic]


Understanding why people go to seminary is an interesting study. This infographic includes information from a survey given to incoming students at schools in The Association of Theological Schoools (ATS) in 2011-2012.

Here are a few of the stats:

  • 81% of all incoming seminary students do not expect to have a parish ministry position.
  • Less than half of all incoming students plan to be ordained.
  • School websites account for more incoming students than all traditional advertising combined.

So why do people attend seminary? Here’s some insight:


Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.


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