Biographical Statements

Biographical Statements

In a typed document please complete the following items:

Personal Statement

In a single-spaced typed 500 to 1,000 word statement, relate the details of the following phases of your Christian life:

  • Particulars about your conversion to Christ. Please state what a person must do to receive eternal life and when you took that step.
  • Your call to the gospel ministry or to Christian service: the area of ministry in which you are planning to serve.
  • The extent to which you have been involved and the success you have enjoyed in preaching the Gospel and personally leading others to Christ.
  • Your spiritual and vocational goals in life.
  • Your motives for doing undergraduate or graduate work.
  • Your plans for completing your intended program of studies.
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    Christian Service

    Please list your Christian service/ministry activities in which you have been involved, include dates (ministry involvement, church/organization).
     

    Employment

    List types and dates of employment in which you have engaged. If currently employed full-time, state position.
     

    Voluntary Activities

    In what campus organizations, extracurricular activities, service organizations, fraternal societies, etc., have you taken an active part?
     

    Leadership

    What opportunities have you taken to demonstrate leadership, and what evidence of success in leadership have you seen?
     

    Additional Information

    If there are any other facts or information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know for evaluation of your application, please include them.

    Statements for Certain Applicants

    Please submit additional statements as necessary

    Spouse or Fiancé(e)

    If married or engaged, include a signed statement written by your spouse or fiancé/fiancée describing his or her saving faith in Christ, when he or she took that step, and whether he or she is in agreement with your plans to enter seminary.
     

    Divorce

    If either you or your spouse has been divorced, please submit a statement discussing each occurrence. The fact that you have been divorced does not mean you will be denied admittance. However, the Admissions Committee must understand the situation(s) in order to evaluate your potential for success in seminary study and in future ministry. For each divorce, please discuss when and why it occurred, counseling which may have occurred before the divorce, who filed for the divorce, attempts at reconciliation, the resolution including the status of children from the marriage, your view of biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage, and how you feel the divorce may affect your future ministry. If you are separated but not divorced, please contact the Dean, as each situation is considered on a case-by-case basis.
     

    Criminal Background

    If you are now, or if you have ever been under investigation, or arrested for a criminal or sexual offense or if you have ever been convicted of a crime, please attach a signed document discussing each occurrence. For each occurrence of an investigation/arrest/crime, please discuss when and why it occurred, the sentence imposed for each occurrence (including its duration), the resolution of the occurrence, and how you feel the occurrence may affect your future ministry. The fact that you were ever under investigation, arrested, or convicted of a crime or sexual offense does not mean you will be denied admittance. However, the admissions committee must understand the situation(s) in order to evaluate your potential for success in seminary and in future ministry. All applicants are required to give permission to BMA Seminary to obtain a criminal background check.