Our Dean Literally Wrote the Book: Finding Your Way in Seminary

Posted: Oct 07, 2016

Christian Century says Dr. David Mellot's new book is "a clear and practical guide to discerning and choosing such a vocational path ... a highly readable text (that) invites readers to become immersed in theology in a holistic way throughout one’s life." 

Available in paperback, Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive (Westminster John Knox) "provides learning what one needs to know for ministry—including a deeper knowledge of the world, the church, God, and oneself, and finding a job upon the completion of study."

Dr. Mellott is Dean of Lancaster Seminary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, and Director of Ministerial Formation. This is his second book. His first book, I Was and I Am Dust: Penitente Practices As a Way of Knowing, was published by Liturgical Press in 2009.

Here is the 2016 Christian Century review, as written by Mary Clark Moschella:

Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive, by David M. Mellott (Westminster John Knox, 196 pp., $22.00 paperback). The decision to go to a seminary is complicated in this time of ecclesiastical and educational transition. Mellott provides a clear and practical guide to discerning and choosing such a vocational path, learning what one needs to know for ministry—including a deeper knowledge of the world, the church, God, and oneself, and finding a job upon the completion of study. This highly readable text not only explains the jargon and the basic requirements of seminary programs, but also invites readers to become immersed in theology in a holistic way throughout one’s life.