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BY DR. STEVE GREENE

Listen well before making your grad school decision

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If asking for help was good enough for Solomon, it’s good enough for me and you.

hoosing if and where to continue one’s education is no easy decision. When confronted by choices of such magnitude, we can be tempted to two extremes: picking a side independently and refusing to consider alternatives or buckling under the decision’s weight and making no decision at all. When I have to make a difficult decision, my first and best move is to consult the wise mentors God has placed in my life. Even Solomon, the wisest man in history, heeded the counsel of people he respected. In Proverbs 13:20, he writes, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed.” No wonder so many colleges employ advisers purely to answer students’ questions. Of course, the first and most important adviser is God. Believers ought to make every important decision on their knees. God knows all things. He can certainly tell me which school I should attend. Be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Consult Him earnestly, and He will not fail to guide you. One way the Lord guides us is through our mentors in the faith. Parents, pastors, professors and other people in your life know your strengths, weaknesses and God-given talents. They may have the experience you lack. If asking for help was good enough for Solomon, it’s good enough for me and you. I distinctly remember one mentor in my life who led me to attend graduate school. I wish he were still alive so I could thank him for the hundredth time. Grad school completely changed the course of my career. Be wise and seek the counsel of many. And make sure to speak with people who actually have earned their advanced degrees about how they perceive the value. Ask a

baker how to bake. Finally, consult experts in the field you hope to enter. Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries can help you in this phase. We’ve gathered an array of experts who can help you make the right decision about advancing your education. We asked advisers at several Christian graduate schools and seminaries how students can maximize their chances for enrollment. We asked working professionals how going to graduate school impacted their lives. Their answers are all inside this issue. Many of you may believe you are called to become pastors. Michael Sterns sensed that calling and explains how God used his Ivy League education to shape him for ministry. And Dr. Mark Rutland, one of my closest friends and mentors, argues in his column why a minister should pursue a doctorate. Others may be called to a profession such as counseling or education. In his article, Dr. Mike Clarensau, a dean at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, points out how helping professions can bring glory to God. Finally, we’ve provided a full listing of seminaries and graduate schools that are both high quality and kingdom oriented. Our team has scoured their websites, compiled the most useful information—phone numbers, email addresses, affiliations and more—and presented it in a concise format. Choosing a graduate school is a difficult decision; this guide should help make it as easy as possible. Solomon said, “A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Prov. 1:5). I pray the wisdom included in these pages will aid you in the hunt for your best grad school option. Listen to God and the people He has placed in your life, and you can’t go wrong.

DR. STEVE GREENE is Charisma Media Group’s publisher and executive vice president. He has served as dean of the College of Business and dean of Distance Learning and was a marketing professor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 6

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