Vice President's Note
You are reading this note because at some point in recent months you thought, “Maybe.” Perhaps you were asked if you had ever considered a career in ministry and service to the church, and you thought “maybe.” Perhaps you were asked if you could see yourself going to seminary, studying ancient languages, engaging in theological reflection, reading the Bible, and learning the history of the People of God, and you thought “maybe.” Or perhaps you imagined yourself responding to God’s call on your life in service to the world with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love, and you thought, “maybe.”
“Maybe” is the beginning of exploration. It is a word that opens doors and encourages questions. It is a word that demands to be pursued. It is a word that keeps you up at night with anxious thoughts. It is a word that makes your heart race with exciting possibilities. “Maybe” is a God word – full of promise and potential, waiting to be embraced.
Here at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, we have a community engaged with “Maybe.” Our students are saying, “Maybe God gave me these gifts of inquiry and devotion and compassion for a reason. Maybe I AM called to serve the church.” Our faculty are saying, “Maybe there is more to your faith and your tradition than you have ever realized or thought to explore.” Our campus community and staff are saying, “Maybe this is the place you belong, the place where you will become the person who God is calling you to be.”
As you continue your own exploration and discernment process, know that you have friends here at Austin Seminary, willing to journey with you and ask those tough questions and reflect on that voice calling you forward into God’s future and into your future. We invite you to visit our campus and learn more about theological education. We can arrange a schedule for your visit and be in conversation with you as you discern your next steps. We’ll give you an opportunity to tour the campus and meet with faculty, students, and staff in a relaxed informal atmosphere. Take time to ask your hard questions and listen for God’s whisperings in the responses of others. I know that you will discover that we are a welcoming and winsome assembly of pilgrims traveling the same road.
Several of our students have written about their experiences of preparing for ministry and service to the church; you can read their essays on these pages. Is attending Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary what God is calling you to do next? Maybe.
Peace and Grace,
Vice President for Admissions