Why BSK?

whybskWe know that you have many options for pursuing your seminary education. So, what distinguishes Baptist Seminary of Kentucky from all the rest? The most important difference is in our fundamental approach to theological education. The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky community devotes its energy to the formation of ministers rather than attending primarily to the transfer of information. By cultivating the virtues, skills, habits, and pastoral imagination necessary for Christian leadership, BSK develops men and women who are spiritually healthy, theologically reflective, and practically trained for life and ministry in faithful witness to Jesus Christ in the church and in the world. A major part of the BSK curriculum involves engaging in the concrete habits and practices — both inside and outside of the classroom — that represent our interpretation of the faithful Christian life: praying together, confessing our faith together, eating together, learning together, studying together, reading together, discerning together, gifting one another, and hoping together. In short, we are a community learning to imagine together in Christ.

 

What else sets BSK apart?

  • BSK is cooperative. We are Baptist by tradition, but ecumenical in outlook. We are proud of our Baptist heritage. However, we are also intentional about listening to and including students from other denominational backgrounds and groups that Baptists traditionally have ignored, such as women.
  • BSK is focused. We offer only one degree — the Master of Divinity (with an optional concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling). This allows us to emphasize spiritual formation, theological reflection, and the practical training of ministers.
  • BSK is affordable. Our tuition starts at a rate that is extremely competitive with neighboring seminaries, and we charge no additional student fees beyond tuition. In a survey of our 24 graduates over the past four years (2009-2012), 20 graduated with no debt, and the remaining four incurred less than $10,000 each.
  • BSK is accessible. We offer block scheduling, which gives students the option of coming to class one day a week, and evening classes. Organizing our schedule in this way provides working ministers with a viable option for attending seminary.
  • BSK is intimate. Our student body typically ranges from 30 to 50 students. While this may seem small, our size allows our community to retain its intimacy and ensures that students received focused faculty attention. Supportive student-faculty and student-student interactions lead to deep friendships and long-lasting bonds.
  • BSK is contextual. We value our close ties to the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship community of churches. Many of our students work in these churches before and after graduation, and the seminary continually seeks new ways to enhance these partnerships.
  • BSK is young. We recently celebrated BSK’s 10th Anniversary! The seminary’s youth promotes a sense of personal investment and offers an institutional flexibility that is distinct among theological schools. There are unique opportunities for student, faculty, and community input in refining BSK’s identity as we continue to grow.
  • BSK graduates are in demand. Five out of every seven graduates from BSK are currently employed in some type of vocational ministry. Staff and faculty work diligently to connect BSK students with the regional network of individuals, churches, and agencies that support the seminary so that students find placements after they graduate.

The best way to see the BSK difference up close is by visiting the beautiful campus that we share with Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. You’ll be able to attend a class, participate in chapel, share a meal, and get to know current students and faculty. Contact Jarrod Lopez, Director of Admissions, to schedule your visit today!