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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

Matt Wollam-Berens
(MDiv Connections)

MattIsaiah 55:1-3
"Everyone who thirsts,
come to the water . . .
Why spend your money
for what is not bread,
and your labor for that
which does not satisfy?"

For me, discovering Bethany was like finding a stream of living water in the desert. Jesus walked out of the desert after being baptized by his cousin John and proclaimed, "Reform your lives, the Kingdom of God is here!" And then he called his first disciples. He did not first make them recite a creed, he did not give them dogma, or theology. He simply said, "Follow me."