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How should students entering or contemplating entering seminary prepare themselves for the academic rigor, intellectual challenges, spiritual demands, and embodied claims that they will face in seminary?

Titles in the Foundations for Learning series are intended for first-year seminary students or those who are considering seminary education. The books in the series share practical advice that will give students the vital skills, practices, and values needed to succeed in seminary. 

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New subscribers to the Foundations for Learning series receive 35% off the retail price of each forthcoming volume. Each volume will be shipped at the time of publication and billed at your discount level (shipping additional). You may return any book you do not wish to keep within sixty (60) days to receive full credit. 

  • Reading Theologically

    Reading Theologically

    Eric D. Barreto (Editor)

    This brief, readable, edited volume emphasizes the vital skills, habits, practices, and values involved in reading theologically. Reading Theologically is a vital resource for students beginning the seminary process and professors of introductory level seminary courses.


  • Writing Theologically

    Writing Theologically

    Eric D. Barreto (Editor)

    In a collection of brief, readable essays, this volume emphasizes the vital skills, practices, and values involved in writing theologically. That is, how might students prepare themselves to communicate effectively, creatively, and beautifully, the insights they gather during their time in seminary?


  • Thinking Theologically

    Thinking Theologically

    Eric D. Barreto (Editor)

    Thinking theologically is not just a cerebral matter; thinking theologically invokes an embodied set of practices and values that shape individuals and communities alike. In a collection of brief, readable essays, this edited volume—as part of the Foundations for Learning series—emphasizes the vital skills, practice, and values involved in thinking theologically.


  • Exploring Practices of Ministry

    Exploring Practices of Ministry

    Michael Cooper-White (Author), Pamela Cooper-White (Author)

    The authors share their wisdom with seminarians and other readers seeking to deepen theological reflection and expand skills as ministry practitioners. This book is a companion journal for pilgrims on the way to becoming confident practitioners of ministry.


  • Exploring the Life and Calling

    Exploring the Life and Calling

    Gary Black (Author)

    In this introductory volume for the Foundations for Learning series, Black asserts that while the primary subjects of seminary and professional church work training may dominate the interests of students, students must engage in the principal pursuit of understanding, then applying, Christian theology.


  • Exploring the Bible

    Exploring the Bible

    Eric D. Barreto (Author), Michael J. Chan (Author)

    In Exploring the Bible, preseminarians and other students about to begin training in ministry join scholars Eric D. Barreto and Michael J. Chan on a journey through Scripture. More than simply a practical guide to reading the Bible, this book will help readers claim their unique interpretive perspective. Barreto and Chan invite us to bring our full, authentic selves to a text that will affirm and challenge us, confirm and transform us, delight and concern us. There, God speaks, and we can hear God’s word in a new way. 


  • Exploring Theology

    Exploring Theology

    Elaine A. Robinson (Author)

    Elaine A. Robinson introduces readers to the study of theology as a central task of all Christians and one that deserves careful and consistent attention. Following a lively examination of what theology is and how we do it, Robinson provides a basic map of the major doctrines of the faith and asks readers to consider their own beliefs at this important point in their journey.


  • Exploring Church History

    Exploring Church History

    Derek Cooper (Author)

    Derek Cooper invites readers to consider the purpose and significance of church history in the lives of individuals and communities today. Cooper brings history to life by emphasizing how past events, individuals, and movements shape how we understand the world around us.