Looking Forward to 2018

Kevin, one of my best friends, signs off his emails with, “Looking forward.” I’ve adopted it as my closing line. The phrase envisions new opportunities, new experiences, new horizons. It imagines a positive future.  It conveys a blessing.  It is a message of hope. We are looking forward to 2018. Here are a just a […]


            “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matt. 1:23 I love Christmas because of what it celebrates. The name Immanuel means “God set up his tent among us.” God saw our need and rather than […]

#GivingTuesday – It’s Not Too Late

Emanuel Goicovici is the pastor of Deo Gloria Baptist Church that serves an impoverished area in Transylvania, Romania. Pastor Emy grew up in the small village of Utvin. He was one of the first students at the Baptist High School that started after the Revolution in 1989. After 4 years in High School he felt […]

Seminary Update

Graduation You are cordially invited to attend graduation on June 2, 7:00 p.m. at Second Baptist Church in Springfield, MO.  We have our largest number of students graduating from our Diploma in Ministry Studies, Master of Ministry Leadership, and Master of Divinity programs.  Congratulations to all the graduates. Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching (SALT) […]

“How Much Money Can You Save at an Online Seminary?” By Linda Graber

Students in ministry continue to graduate from undergraduate colleges and universities with increasing debt. As tuition and interest increase each year, students without scholarships are adding to their school debt. More students are beginning to investigate online seminaries versus traditional campus settings before beginning their master studies. There are several reasons a student can save […]

Can Instruction at Rockbridge Seminary help my ministry? By Dr. Tom Bartlett

Just recently I had a conversation with a young church planter who, while serving a church decided he wanted to further his theological training by going to seminary. He approached the leadership of his church knowing that he’d need their buy-in, but also some financial support. After expressing his passionate desire, the leadership discussed the […]

5 Considerations for Pursuing an M.Div. Degree Online

What is an M.Div.? The Master of Divinity is the first professional degree of pastors and the standard theological degree. It requires three years of study.  Credit hours to complete the M.Div. range from 76 hrs. to 106 hrs. An M.Div. is unlike other master’s degrees, such as business or nursing, that are built off […]

Update from Rockbridge

SARA We received word this week that we are approved for SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. This means that states in this compact recognize our licensure from Missouri.  Rockbridge is certified to operate in all 50 states either through SARA, consent, or exemption.  Here is a link to the State of Missouri, which links […]

The Truth about Online Learning – Dr. Ingrid Buch-Wagler

I am an online professor. When I first started teaching online it was 2005 and I thought quite frankly, “This will never work.” Now over a decade later, so much has changed, including my opinion.  Online theological studies allow a student to be both in the field and in the academy at the same time, […]

3 Reasons Students Prefer Online Seminary

By Dr. Mark Simpson Laura and Larry are both adults active in their local churches while working full-time in the marketplace and supporting family. Laura lives near the East Coast and is a senior executive in a marketing firm. She has 3 children in grade school who are all active in church activities and school […]