My Advice to Students — Craig Blomberg on How Doctoral Students Should Prepare for the First “Frantic” Year of Teaching

Jeremy Bouma on September 4th, 2013. Tagged under .

Jeremy Bouma

Jeremy Bouma (Th.M.) has pastored on Capitol Hill and with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Michigan. He founded THEOKLESIA, which connects the 21st century Church to the vintage Christian faith; holds a Master of Theology in historical theology; and makes the vintage faith relevant at

We are excited to launch a new series of weekly videos designed to advise and guide students who are studying for a future of ministry in the Church, whether in the academy or in congregations. In these specially curated videos, leading scholars of biblical studies will share their seasoned wisdom with you to help you navigate this important season of preparation.

Launching this series is an insightful interview with Dr. Craig Blomberg, author of several biblical commentaries and the upcoming book Christians in an Age of Wealth. His counsel is particularly directed at those who are pursuing doctoral studies or other advanced academic study with the intent of teaching at a college or university.

"The first year of teaching can be an extremely busy, even a frantic one," Blomberg says. In this video he shares how you should negotiate your time as a doctoral student in order to prepare for these early years of service.

  • Rick Wadholm Jr. 4 years ago

    As someone now in the writing of my PhD thesis and a newly appointed full-time faculty member as a Bible College, Dr. Blomberg’s advice is well-taken. I had not expected the workload to be nearly so involved and am realizing just how important it was that as a pastor for the last 14 years I have taken extensive notes and spent time studying and reading across the disciplines. This seems to have better prepared me than several others I know who are also first year, full-time professors. Thanks for sharing!