Right now I have a very strong inclination to study Christian and Baptist history - I've always been curious about the subject but merely thought it was a 'hobby' that I would satisfy with an occasional book. However, God has kept nagging me, and lately some thoughts have come together to cause me to seriously think about school again.
I know that that past defines us, yet those living now define the past. For instance, as Dr. Sherman (and many others) say: the more things change the more they stay the same. What are our Baptist roots? How did this great idea start? How does our beginning apply today? Are current Baptist organizations actually Baptist, at least compared to how we began? Moreover, if I answer these questions for myself, what sort of role could I fill to share the knowledge that I learn?
At this point I don't feel called to be a pastor or minister - however I feel like I could be an asset to the church at large in a different capacity. I'm not sure I need or am supposed to go for an M.Div, although from living vicariously through my wife's current seminary education, I feel like I would learn a ton and enjoy those classes. I discovered a degree called a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Christian History. It's 48 hours instead of the usual 90 for an M.Div. Do I go that route, or go for an M.Div with a concentration in historical and theological studies?
I kind of want to stay in the "Baptist world"... yet Union Presbyterian School of Christian Education here in Richmond offers the MTS with the Christian History concentration, and I haven't found its equivalent yet... Any ideas of schools or programs that could help me down this vague road that I'm trying to stumble down?
/Eh, if anything this helps me to visualize some of the thoughts I've been having. A pre-emptive thank you for any thoughts or directions.... :) Hehe... I just want someone to tell me what to do!