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What to Do about Seminary Student Debt

The student debt accumulated by seminarians is often too large for them to pay off, especially during their early pastorates. The resulting money struggle can create a cascade of spiritual, practical and emotional difficulties and weaken the commitment of clergy to the churches they are called to serve and to the vocation of parish ministry. In “The Poor Parson: Seminary Student Indebtedness and What Can Be Done About It,” a report archived on Resources for American Christianity, a resource site for study and reflection on American Christian practice, John M. Mulder explores the causes and consequences of seminarian debt and indicates some initial steps to address the issue.

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