In 2016, I graduated from Moody Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity (Moody Theological Seminary is the graduate school, and Moody Bible Institute is the undergrad). It was a long trek, but worth the effort. I had a great experience at Moody, and I recommend it to anyone considering an undergrad or graduate degree. They have a variety of ministry-related programs, as well as other degrees, like education, human services, and more. Here are some reasons you should consider Moody.
- It's affordable. Money should never be the only deciding factor, but let's be honest, it's a major player. When considering seminary, I looked at three different schools in the Chicago area. Moody was the least expensive, and I really wanted to get the M-Div without borrowing student loans. In the undergrad school, Moody has a tuition-paid program, where the cost of tuition is covered by grants. The student is only responsible for room and board. In today's world of ever-rising college costs, that's quite a benefit!
- It's biblical. If you are a biblically conservative Christian looking for a biblically conservative Christian seminary, look no further. Moody is a school that taught me how to do textual criticism without trying to destroy my faith in the process. I had professors who were capable of dialoguing with all perspectives without abandoning their biblical convictions.
- It's forward-thinking. I like to think about what's next and leverage the latest ideas for ministry. That's exactly what Moody does. For example, some of my professors were also helping Logos Bible Software develop new research tools. Moody isn’t stuck in the past or buried under meaningless tradition.
- It's ministry-minded. Moody's programs are intentionally about ministry. They are extremely practical, designed to equip a Christian to live a life of ministry in whatever field you find yourself in, whether a pastor, counselor, teacher, social worker, or something else.
- The professors rock. The profs at Moody are awesome. They care for their students and are available, responsive, and gracious. Of all the things I miss about Moody, I miss the professors most.
- It's diverse. While attending Moody, I was living in an area that was 97% white. We didn't get much diversity! Driving to Chicago and interacting with teachers and students from all over the world was incredible. I loved studying with people from India, Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Kenya, Ghana, Italy, Germany, the UK, Korea, Japan, China, and other nations.
- They have great distance-learning options. While I prefer in-person classes, Moody has a great distance-learning program with some degrees completely attainable online.
All things considered, Moody should be on your short list of schools to look into. I think this is especially true if your path is leading you to consider serving as a pastor!