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Occasional Student Application Essay Instructions

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Please prepare a formal one-page essay, which will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. At Bethany, we welcome theological diversity and strive to create a respectful and caring learning environment for all. Please note that your essays will NOT be judged or critiqued for adherence to any certain theological perspective.

Be sure to address each of the following in your response:

  1. How your personal and professional goals relate to your faith perspective;
  2. Your understandings of the church;
  3. Your sense of calling or vocation; and
  4. How you believe a seminary education at Bethany can help you fulfill your goals.

 

Essays should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using Times New Roman 12-point font. Include your name, date, and the name of the class you are intending to take at the top of the document.

 

Submission of Your Essay
Email your essay as an attached file in MS-Word (.doc or .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), Open Office (.odt), rich-text format (.rtf), or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format to: admissions@bethanyseminary.edu.

 


For further assistance, contact:
 

Tracy PrimozichTracy Primozich, Director of Admissions
     admissions@bethanyseminary.edu      (765)983-1832     or    (800)287-8822   x1832

Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.