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We live in an age of shortcuts. Everybody wants to get to their destination fast. In some situations—such as when you are driving—this does not any have serious consequences. But when it comes to vocational training, it most certainly does. Potential students often ask about the best way to prepare for vocational ministry. They’re full of questions—such as: do I really need formal training, what will I learn anyway, is this worth giving 2-3 years of my life to, how can I afford it, what affect will this really have on my spiritual life, will it be practical, are all seminaries the same, what about online training, isn’t that just as good as residential training, and why take people out of the church to prepare to serve the church? In this short book, Don Sweeting writes about why laying the right foundation is extremely important and makes the case for getting the best preparation possible.
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Don Sweeting is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Orlando, Florida. He is also a professor of church history at RTS and teaches in practical theology. Don is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Each day Don is heard on a nationally syndicated radio program called Take5 where he urges his listeners to take five minutes a day to develop a mind for truth and a heart for God. Don believes Christians should be life-long learners. He believes that the seminary exists to serve the church, but that its training is immensely important for both the church and culture. Before coming to RTS, Don served as the pastor of two churches. He served for twelve years as the senior pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado (EPC). Previous to that he served for eleven years as the senior pastor of the Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in Northern Illinois. Don received his education at Moody Bible Institute (Dipl.), Lawrence University (B.A.), Oxford University (B.A., M.A.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D.). Don and his wife Christina have four children.
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