Crucial Questions by Dr. MacArthur

I want to commend you for your interest in seminary training and especially for your interest in The Master’s Seminary.

Choosing the right seminary is crucial, for it will shape your thinking process in all future ministries. As I have always told young men, seminary should be a place where they enjoy spiritual, biblical and theological growth – not a battleground where they try to hold on to a remnant of their faith. Therefore, as you consider The Master’s Seminary or any other seminary, I would urge you to ask the following questions:

    • Does the seminary emphasize the expositional preaching and teaching of God’s inerrant Word in its curriculum?
    • Is the faculty unified on the doctrinal statement and purpose of the seminary?
    • Will the seminary reinforce my beliefs or will I have to fight for them?
    • Does the seminary stress excellence in the theological discipline which will equip me for a lifetime of understanding and proclaiming Scripture?
    • Does the seminary provide personalized discipleship with an emphasis on stimulating spiritual growth in both students and faculty members?
    • Does the seminary stress local church ministry involvement?
    • Does the seminary have a biblical approach to training men for expository preaching?
    • Does the location of the seminary offer opportunities for ministry involvement both culturally and cross-culturally?
    • Will the local economy provide employment opportunities?
    • Does the seminary have a solid history of effective placement service to ministry upon graduation?
    • Does the seminary provide a lifetime relationship and continuing education upon graduation?
    • Do I believe this seminary will best prepare me to fulfill God’s call on my life?
    • Does the faculty model the appropriate content of godly character, scholastic excellence and ministry commitment?
    • Is the faculty committed to a specialized writing ministry beyond the seminary classroom?
    • Does the seminary articulate a biblical philosophy of church ministry and worship?
    • Does the seminary train for spiritual leadership from a biblical perspective?
    • Is the seminary training conducted in the midst of a local church environment?

I know these questions will be helpful as you begin the process of seeking God’s direction for your future.

Yours for the Master,


John MacArthur, President