Side note: As I'm starting to type this, Bekah came down on the floor and told me to "Click on Elmo" We have her games, etc, bookmarked at the top of the page. How cute!!
Bobby and I are embarking on the possibility of him changing from the Masters of Divinity Program to the Masters of Christian Leadership.
The new program only requires 60 hours instead of 96 hours. Because he has taken some classes that he doesn't need for the new major, he would end up with 72 hours. This would hopefully allow him to graduate 1 year from May instead of 4 years from December.
There are several reasons for this:
1) Money, UPS pays for 4K per year, but this doesn't cover all of the $427 per credit hour and 15 credits per year that Bobby is taking. Bobby is really, really against not taking out another loan, and we are not sure how easily we can do the extra money out of pocket.
2) The MDiv is not NECESSARY for him to become a pastor. There are a lot of pastors working out there with only another type of masters, or even only a bachelor's degree.
3) The MDiv is a lot of Bible stuff that he's already had and no Leadership classes which he feels he should get.
4) I (Paula) am getting antsy to be able to work not at all, or part time. I have been the "bread winner" for these first 5 years of our marriage with, except for summer breaks, not a lot of "quality" time with my children or Bobby. The thought of 4 more years of this is daunting for me. I am really ready to work part-time or not at all outside the home.
We are really leaning towards this change, but there are still a lot of things to think about and pray about. We appreciate your prayers concerning our decision over the next few days.
(FYI: The only thing that is slightly dissapointing is that if we had considered this more seriously last Fall, he may have been able to finish this year. Bummer!!! (that's for you Jean:~))))