Why Christian Higher Education?
Denise Cunningham Ed. D. | February 5, 2021

As I reflect back on my over 40 years of life on this earth, there have been so many people and experiences that have made me who I am today. At the top of the list are my parents and brothers (of course), my husband, my church family and youth pastor, soccer coaches, books that I’ve read, and numerous teachers who instilled in me a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. However, the most important and impactful decision I’ve ever made was deciding to attend a Christian college or university for my undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The professors I encountered, the opportunities to wrestle with life’s mysteries and uncertainties, the care for my spiritual growth, as well as my intellectual development – all these contributed to who I am today. Which isn’t to say I’ve arrived or am perfect – but I view the world through a Christian lens that allows me to see hope in the midst of confusion, to search for truth amid voices of liars, to trust a Creator God who knows me better than I know myself, who will provide me with what I need, and who will be with me through this wild and unpredictable life.

Preparing Your Heart for Seminary
Dr. Joseph R. Cathey | B.H. Carroll Theological Institute

When I began my seminary pilgrimage some thirty years ago, a very wise mentor took me aside and shared with me three very salient points to help me get the most out of my time in graduate school. First, he told me I must know intimately the God of the Bible before I prepare to study the Bible. He suggested I daily and consistently have a structured Bible study and prayer time with Christ.

While this may seem intuitive, he shared with me how many students neglect this practice, always to their detriment. He warned me of the fruitless life which could result from studying about the Scriptures, theology, archaeology, exegesis, and application, should I miss the author of all I was studying. And it is very easy to lose oneself in the study of esoteric subjects of seminary. What a tremendous tragedy it would be to complete an M.Div. or Ph.D. degree only to miss the sweet time of fellowship with Christ along the way.

Second, my mentor took the time to talk to me about making my call to seminary sure.

How to Tell if a Graduate School Is Meant for You
Katie Johnson | Bethel University (MN)

Deciding you’re ready for graduate school is a huge step toward continuing your education and advancing your career. Maybe you’ve been on a strategic career path since fifth grade, and your window for applying to graduate school is quickly approaching. Or, you could be eager to start a new career in a new field and with a new degree. No matter your unique story, determining what graduate school best fits your life can be tricky. We are here to help you answer some foundational questions so you can move your career forward with confidence and clarity.

  1. Pick a program. This step can seem simple on paper and hard in practice. For instance, if you’re considering becoming a high school guidance counselor, you could pursue your master’s in counseling, social work, or education. General research can be extremely helpful as you consider your experience, dreams, and interests. Try to connect with a real-life guidance counselor to hear their story and ask their advice. If you’re already sure on your graduate school, ask to meet with professors

How to Decide if You Should Go to Grad School
Katie Johnson | Bethel University (MN)

Some decisions are easier to make than others. Changing lanes when you’re stuck behind someone going slow on a freeway—no brainer. Meal planning for the week when you have picky eaters in your household—a bit trickier. Applying for graduate school when your life is stressful enough as it is—might as well climb Everest.

We’re here to help you through the very first step of the process: determining whether or not you should go to grad school at all. We encourage you to think through these questions as gently and honestly as you can. There are no wrong or right answers.

Why do you want to go to grad school?

If you’re absolutely certain that you want to pursue a career that requires a graduate degree, maybe your question isn’t whether or not you should go to graduate school, but when. Maybe you want to advance your career. After working as a nurse for a number of years, , you might want to teach the incredible practice of nursing in a higher education role. To apply for that upper

Can I Work While Attending Grad School?
Thomas Clapper | Crown College

Graduate school can be an important step in your future. Balancing it with your work, family, and life can be a challenging but great experience.

Why start grad school?
Pursuing a graduate degree can be an essential step in developing yourself as a person. Going deeper in your understanding of a subject you are passionate about is not only an amazing accomplishment but can also further your career. Whatever the reason you are interested in pursuing a degree beyond your bachelor’s degree, it is vital to make sure that the program can fit your life.

Fitting a master’s program
Choosing to start a master’s degree is just one step along the way. Finding a program that actually works for you is just as important. Here are some questions that can help you navigate if a program is right for you:

  • Is the program in-person, entirely online, or hybrid?

Living Out a Virtue-Based Foundation in the Workplace
Ellie Walburg, Cornerstone University | March 20, 2018

Since we were kids, we’ve been learning and deepening our understanding of virtues and how they should be incorporated into our day-to-day life. We just may not have realized it at the time.

In grade school, you learned important life skills like how to share and that it’s not nice to put gum in your sister’s hair.

In middle school and high school, your understanding of virtues became more complex. This knowledge came through experiences like learning to not cheat off your neighbor’s paper, serving your parents by voluntarily taking out the trash or holding your tongue before saying a sarcastic remark.

Perhaps you’re teaching your own kids these skills now.

Virtues, such as gratitude, faith, wisdom, hospitality and self-discipline, may often come across as abstract concepts. There’s not a course with the objective of how to develop self-discipline or gratitude and apply it to your

Key Tips for Financing Your Graduate Education
Don Martin | March 20, 2020

Of all the challenges facing a graduate student, financing is right up there. As a former Dean of Admissions and Dean of Students, many of the issues students brought to me during my weekly open office hours centered on their not having taken time to think through the financial responsibilities they were assuming in pursuing a graduate education. While graduate school is expensive, it is affordable, and can be made more so by taking time to plan, conduct research and think outside the box. Here are a few tips for financing your graduate education that have been extremely helpful to students over the years:

Ask and answer a few critical personal questions:

  • If I already have some debt, how comfortable am I taking on more? If I have no outstanding debt, how much am I comfortable taking on?
  • Should I reduce my debt load for another year or two, thereby giving me more time to prepare for grad school, and to really check out all of my graduate program options?