Yeah, expect a lot of lunch time posts in the months coming up. Without students around to fill up my lunchtime with meetings, I actually have a lunch hour in which I can write without guilt while eating my boring food (the refectory is closed, too).
So, I have just found out that my employer will pay up to $5000 a year in tuition for me to go back to school. It’s a 100% reimburse rate, because I’ve been here long enough. Previously, I took one class toward an ill-fated DMin, but it was only a 50% reimburse.
With Selam being more settled, and a good chunk of the cost covered, it seems worth looking into–most likely for next summer. Question is this: low residency MFA or DMin in preaching?
MFA: upside would be lots of fun, lots of writing. downside=lots of reading and critical papers, something I’ve never been particularly good at (and don’t enjoy).
Dmin: upside would be lots of fun, lots of sermon writing. Downside=trying to convince a program to accept me. Every preaching program that I’ve found has required a parish to be on board for the preaching part. Without that, I’m going to have to make a case. (And since I preach 20-30 weeks a year, I think I have a case.)
The programs that interest me are Lesley University’s MFA, which allows you to take courses in other areas (I would pick religion), and which is in Boston. I also like McCormick Seminary’s D.Min. (bonus being I could live with my parents during the residencies, which would bring down the cost), Luther Seminary’s D.Min. and Seattle Pacific U’s MFA.
Anyone have insights into any of these programs?