I will answer this question in three parts.
First, one of my professors, who happened to be my faculty chair, became more than a mere educator. He invaluably assisted in my spiritual, ministerial and academic growth.
My most formative experience during my time at Southeastern that has impacted my current ministry context is sitting in classes to study books of the Bible. Above and beyond being a mere seminary student, I was challenged in these classes to be a student of Christ.
The most formative experience during my time at Southeastern involved me having to do two practical experiences for my seminary classes. In one of my seminary classes, we had to have hours of volunteer experience in the church setting.
The most formative experience? Wow, that is tough, because there were so many. I’ll mention two particular things. I’m not sure I would call them experiences, but they were instances the Lord used to remind me of key truths about him, and I have recalled these lessons well in the years since.
During my time at Southeastern, my wife and I loss our first child. She was stillborn at 39 weeks. My wife was going into labor as we found out.