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For prospective students

Not sure what you need to do to get ready for seminary? Here’s a list of things to help you prepare for this important step in your life.

Financial Info

Mid-America does its best to make seminary affordable for all students. Below are a few links related to the costs of seminary.

Scholarships are available for full-time M.Div students who meet the stated criteria. The scholarship applications are included in the Application for Financial Aid. Applications are due by May 1. The following scholarships are available to students:

Ambrose of Milan Preaching Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to an incoming, full-time, M.Div. student. This scholarship will be renewed for a total of three years on the basis of academic transcript. Preference will be given to a married student with children, 35-years of age or older, and a member of an Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Mid-America Alumni Entrance Scholarship

The Mid-America Alumni Entrance Scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming full-time junior student who demonstrates, in word and deed, an aptitude for pastoral ministry. Financial need is a secondary consideration for this scholarship.

Mid-America Alumni Association Scholarship for Pastoral Ministry

The Mid-America Alumni Association Scholarship for Pastoral Ministry is available to full-time second and third year students based upon the student’s involvement in ministry related labors over the previous few years, his demonstration of academic aptitude, and pulpit skills as judged by a committee of alumni.

Russell E. Horton Ministerial Scholarship

This tuition scholarship is offered to a full-time seminary student on the basis of financial need. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in the Master of Divinity program and who are members of the Reformed Church in America.

Iowa Falls Foreign Student Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Iowa Falls Christian Reformed church of Iowa Falls, Iowa, this scholarship will be available to foreign students applying for study at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. If no foreign student applies, this scholarship may be awarded to a North American student.

Albert M. and Eleanor Rodenhouse Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to one of more full-time upperclassmen on the basis of personal resume and academic transcript, upon recommendation of the faculty in consultation with Mr. & Mrs. Rodenhouse.

Garrit and Kathryn Schiebout Tuition Scholarship

This academic scholarship is awarded, upon recommendation of the faculty, to a full-time Master of Divinity junior student (non-transfer) who receives no other academic scholarship.

Garrit and Kathryn Schiebout Biblical Exegesis Award

This award is offered to the upperclassman whose exegesis paper on an assigned text is judged by the faculty to be superior in format and content. Application should be made to the Registrar.

Garrit and Kathryn Schiebout Mission Essay Award

This award is offered to the upperclassman for superior essays on an assigned topic in missions or evangelism as evaluated by the faculty. Application should be made to the Registrar.

Tuininga Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Trinity Reformed Church of Lethbridge, Alberta, this scholarship has been established in grateful celebration of Rev. Jelle Tuininga’s twenty-five years in the pastoral ministry. This tuition scholarship is designed to assist qualified Master of Divinity students preparing for the ministry in a confessionally Reformed church. Consideration will be given to full-time students with financial need who exhibit Christian character and submit a suitable academic resume.

Roger Vander Veen Memorial Scholarship

This tuition scholarship is offered to a full-time upperclassman on the basis of personal resume, academic transcript, and financial need. Preference will be given to Canadian students.

Kay Ribbens-Vogelzang Scholarship for International Students

This tuition scholarship is offered to a first-year foreign student on the basis of financial need and academic transcript.

Carrie Van Surksum Venema Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to students on the basis of academic transcript and financial need. Preference will be given to a student from New Zealand when possible.

Albert & Janet Vedders Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to a student on the basis of financial need.

Bartel Zandstra Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to a student on the basis of financial need. Preference will be given to a US citizen.

Nelson Sterken Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Master of Divinity program.

Richard & Edna Darby Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to a student on the basis of financial need. Preference will be given to a member of an Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

 DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
Tuition (per credit hour) $260.00*
Application Fee $40.00
Graduation Fee $60.00
Annual Activity Fee $100.00
AUDIT FEES (PER HOUR)
Regular $100.00
Alumni $30.00
Student's spouse $15.00

*Starting in the fall of 2017, a $10 increase per credit hour will be implemented in each of the subsequent three school years.

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Prospective Student Recommended Reading List

The faculty at Mid-America has prepared a list of books that they recommend for prospective students to read. In addition to the books below, we urge you to read Called to Preach? by Dr. John R. Sittema about discerning your call. The list below is divided by type of study.

Research and Writing

Adler, Mortimer J. and Charles Van Doran. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. Rev. ed. New York: Touchstone, 1972.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Columb and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Bradley, James E. and Richard A. Muller, Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. 30th anniversary edition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
Philosophy

Evans, C. Stephen. Philosophy of Religion: Thinking about Faith. Contours of Christian Philosophy. IVP, 1982.

Palmer, Donald. Does the Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy. 2nd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1991.

Palmer, Donald. Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter, 3rd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 2001.

Worldview (Weltanschauung)

Holmes, Arthur F. Contours of a World View. Ifacs Studies in a Christian World View. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983.

Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living. Eerdmans, 2002.

Wolters, Albert M. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 2005.

New Testament

Bartholomew, Craig G. and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.

Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture. IVP, 1977.

Williams, Michael D. Far As the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. P&R, 2005.

Old Testament

Bartholomew, Craig G. and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.

De Graaf, S. G. Promise and Deliverance, trans. by H. Evan Runner, and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. 4 vols. (orig. published as Verbondsgeschiedenis). St. Catharines, ON: Paideia Press, 1977.

Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture. IVP, 1977.

Williams, Michael D. Far As the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. P&R, 2005.

Young, E.J. An Introduction to the Old Testament. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960.

Church History

Walker, Williston. A History of the Christian Church. 3rd ed.

Apologetics

Pratt, Richard L., Jr. Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth. P&R, 1979.

Systematic Theology

Bavinck, Herman. Our Reasonable Faith: A Survey of Christian Doctrine. Eerdmans, 1956.

Berkhof, Louis. Manual of Christian Doctrine. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1933.

Hodge, A. A. Outlines of Theology. Banner of Truth, 1972.

Prolegomena

Berkhof, Louis. Introduction to Systematic Theology. Reprint; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1932.

The Infallible Word: A Symposium by members of the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary. Revised ed. P&R, 1967.

Theology

Packer, J. I. Knowing God. IVP, 1973.

Sproul, R. C. Chosen by God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1986.

Catechetics

Edge, Findley B. Teaching for Results, revised ed. Nashville: B&H, 1995.

Kuyvenhoven, Andrew. Comfort and Joy: A Study of the Heidelberg Catechism. Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 1988.

Pazmiño, Robert W. Basics of Teaching for Christian: preparation, instruction, evaluation. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.

Van Dyken, Donald. Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children. Phillisburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2000.

Wilkinson, Bruce. The Seven Laws of the Learner: How to Teach Almost Anything to Practically Anyone! Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 1992.

Williamson, G.I. The Shorter Catechism. Revised edition. Phillisburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2002/3.

Homiletics

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, 2nd ed. (Baker, 2001).

Stott, John R.W. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century. Eerdmans, 1982.

Liturgics

Deddens, K. Where Everything Points to Him. Inheritance Publications, 1993.

Gore, R. J, Jr., Covenantal Worship. P&R, 2002.

Johnson, Terry, el al. The Worship of God: Reformed Concepts of Biblical Worship (Christian Focus Publications, 2005).

Kuyper, Abraham. Our Worship, ed. Harry Boonstra. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

Longman, Tremper, III, Immanuel in Our Place. P&R, 2001.

Miller, Samuel. Thoughts on Public Prayer. Sprinkle, 1985.

Nichols, James Hastings. Corporate Worship in the Reformed Tradition. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1968.

Old, Hughes Oliphant. Worship, 2nd. ed. WJK, 2002.

Peterson, David. Engaging with God. IVP, 1992.

Rayburn, Robert G. O Come, Let Us Worship (Baker, 1980).

Ryken, Philip Graham, et al., editors, Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship. P&R,2003.

Thompson, Bard, ed. Liturgies of the Western Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1961.

White, James. An Introduction to Christian Worship, 3rd edition. Abingdon, 2000.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Benner, David G. Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model. 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1992.

Chapell, Bryan. Each for the Other: Marriage As It’s Meant to Be. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

Driscoll, Mark & Gerry Breshears, Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.

Johnson, Eric L. Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal. DownersGrove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

Johnson, Eric L. and Stanton L. Jones, editors. Psychology and Christianity: Four Views, with contributions by Gary R. Collins, David G. Myers, David Powlison, Robert C. Roberts. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000.

Kruis, John G. Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling, 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000.

MacArthur, John. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1998.

Powlison, David. Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture. P&R, 2003.

St Gregory the Great, The Book of Pastoral Rule. Popular Patristics Series. Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007.

Thomas, Curtis C. Practical Wisdom for Pastors (Crossway Books, 2001)

Welch, Edward T. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2001.

Welch, Edward T. Blame it on the Brain? Phillipsburg, NJ: 1998.

Welch, Edward T. Depression: A Stubborn Darkness—Light for the Path. Winston-Salem, NC: Punch Press, 2004.

Westberg, Granger E. Good Grief. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971.

Wolterstoff, Nicholas. Lament for a Son. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.

Missions and Evangelism

Bavinck, J. H. An Introduction to the Science of Missions, P&R, 1960.

Bonar, Horatius. Words to Winners of Souls (P&R), 1995.

Metzger, Will. Tell the Truth, second edition, IVP, 1984.

Moreau, A. Scott et al. Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey. Baker, 2004.

Packer, J. I. Evangelism and The Sovereignty of God, second edition, IVP, 1991.

Pollard, Nick. Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult, IVP, 1997.

Stott, John. The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor (IVP, 2007), 11-150.

Strobel, Lee. Unchurched Hary and Mary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993).

Van Rheenen, Gailyn. Missions: Biblical Foundations & Contemporary Strategies, Zondervan, 1996.

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