Monday, January 11, 2021

Ben Ordained as Pastor

We have some exciting news to pass along. Ben Seewald was just ordained as a pastor for a church! (The Seewalds have not shared the name of the church.) Congratulations to the Seewald family on this wonderful milestone. May God bless your ministry.

 
Jessa Seewald, Henry Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Ben Seewald, Ivy Seewald

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

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  1. Where is his church?

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    1. If the desciption says they have not shared, then they havent shared so thats it.

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  2. Wow, that's great!

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  3. Congratulations. Enjoy following him on social media. His post are so on target, truth!!

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  4. He finally got a job! 2021 is keeping the surprises coming, huh?

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    1. I wondered what he was going to school for... thought it was for a trades job and I thought he and Jessa were more open, but congrats to him! Atleast he ain't a bum.

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    2. I wonder if you have one...

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    3. Ordination is a type of accreditation. The posting does not refer to his employment status.

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    4. It does not say he got a job. It says only that he is ordained and can work as a pastor.

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    5. Well, now it says there is a church.

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  5. Congratulations Ben Seewald, We ♥️ love the picture of you & your family. My parents & I really can't wait for season 12 of counting on we're excited for it to come sometime early this year. There has been so much exciting stuff going on. Natasha b

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  6. God bless you Ben! Lord, I ask you to place a hedge of protection around Ben and his family! Give him strength and boldness to proclaim the truth of your gospel during these trying times. Amen!

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  7. Congratulations to Ben. I wonder, though, if he will actually get a job being a pastor. We will see. Darling picture.

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    1. The caption says he was ordained as pastor of a church.

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  8. Lovely. Now he can marry Justin and Claire.

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  9. That's really wonderful - congratulations! I think Ben and Jessa have a lovely marriage, and they seem like terrific parents, too.

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  10. Good luck to Ben in his new venture. I know quite little about becoming a pastor but I imagine it’s a very rewarding job to do. I hope Ben enjoys this new phase in his life & looks after his congregation well.

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    1. Rewarding AND challenging. Same for the pastor's wife.

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  11. I hope little Ivy will grow up in a world where she can be a pastor, too!

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    1. That can be "your world" - the Church is not governed by secular culture.

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    2. Anonymous 9:25 what is that supposed to mean? Female pastors are ordained in many denominations.

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    3. Their church is open to females as pastors; it’s the Catholic Church that has yet to accept females as priests/pastors.

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    4. 9:25 That's too bad. I think if more women were in leadership positions, churches would be better off. Certainly, we need more of them in government. I'm so glad we'll have the first female VP! It's taken far too long! Hopefully, we'll have a woman POTUS sooner, rather than later.

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    5. I'm so glad to live in Europe with a reverend that can be a man or a woman who is among us as part of our congragation. Usualy with a spouse and a family.

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    6. Lots of churches allow women pastors. I guess they below to "the world" too. I am not one to criticize any church.

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    7. That world is now. There are women pastors.

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    8. Why can't women be pastors too? What do they not have that makes them unable to be pastors?

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    9. 1:20 -- The Bible says a women can't be a pastor. But since Satan is the god of this world, there are many churches that don't follow the Bible, where Ivy COULD be a pastor!
      1 Timothy 2:12–13, “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet."

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    10. 9:25 What "Church" are you referring to? Many denominations encourage and have women in pastorial and leadership roles. It's simply a part of their belief system that's evolved over time. Absolutely nothing wrong with that and I think they're better for it. In fact, a husband/wife Methodist ministerial team married my son and daughter-in-law. It was lovely and so inspirational. I've witnessed too much abuse of power in a patriarchal religion and would never go back to one. Your comment is quite derogatory.

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    11. The bible is clear women are not to preach. Churches that do so are not following the bible and thus aren’t actually Bible believing.

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  12. I can't imagine what kind of counsel a young man like Ben could offer to the world.

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    1. The same kind of "counsel" every young pastor, newly graduated can offer. Christ. and Christ alone.

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    2. Biblical counsel. Timothy was young, but the apostle Paul encouraged him to be an example despite his youth.

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    3. 1 Timothy 4:12! I think Ben has much to offer and will be a great pastor.

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    4. Spoken like someone who probably isn't in full-time ministry. My husband has been in ministry for almost 20yrs...its hard & they are quick to respond to people's negative comments. They aren't mature enough for a lead pastor position.

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    5. Biblical counsel. Either he preaches the Bible or he doesn't.

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    6. 5:27, it IS hard, but a younger pastor can pray and read his Bible and get council from mentors. It is doable for a younger man to be a pastor, the Bible just cautions against men who are new to the faith from being pastors.

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    7. You can say the same in any profession. Hopefully he has a good mentor and peers to rely on for support.

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  13. How nice to read this news. May he have many blessed years in his service to the Lord.

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  14. Time 3:05PM Mon 1/10/21
    Congrats to Ben for being a pastor.
    Dont listen to the haters thinking
    Oh great Ben is a pastor finally
    Has a real job. Dont listen to
    The haters from the Facebook pages
    Twitter etc. Beautiful photo of
    The fam. 🧸🧸❤❤🍰🌈🌈❤❤🍰

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  15. Congratulations Pastor Ben! I'm excited to hear this AND I'm looking forward to hearing a sermon from you.

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  16. Great, another Jeremy and Ginger wannabe. Jill

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    1. Because we all know getting ordained is "so" easy. Hah.

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    2. Her name is Jinger

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    3. Ben wanted to always be a past, he went to school for it, before Jinger even met Jeremy. ✌

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    4. Interesting view. Ben actually was talking about being a Pastor before Jinger and Jeremy met due to Ben introducing them.

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  17. Congratulations, to Ben on completing your goal, of becoming a pastor!!!

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  18. Congrats! May gd bless the whole family with healthy and happy life!

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  19. I don't see that as much of an accomplishment. You can get ordained by going on line at a number of sites.

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    1. He obviously did not get ordained on the internet. Many Pastoral degrees and Masters of Divinity degrees can be earned through distance learning augmented with annual live seminars. Actually, earning the M.Div. through distance learning can be much more difficult. The courses are the same and Ben has been studying for years. Please be kind - the world doesn't need more divisive people.

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    2. I think just ordained to perform marriages can be done online, but what Ben did is a degree program, and to be ordained as a pastor for church has much more requirements.

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  20. Is jessa pregnant?

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    1. Jill who? How do you know? Is this secretly Jill Dillard lol

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  21. Congratulations to Ben! I have a Master of Arts in seminary studies, and I know it is a difficult but rewarding journey. When you have your own congregation with whom to do ministry, it makes all the assignments and tests worthwhile. In my denomination, we aren’t ordained until we have a letter of call. Does Ben have a church to which he is being called? Again, blessings as God guides you in your ministry journey.

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  22. Happy for Ben. Does he have any prospect of a small church or a youth pastor?

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  23. Very exciting times ahead. Does he have a church to pastor right now?

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  24. That is wonderful, exciting news! Congratulations! Lots of hard work, I'm sure. Great accomplishment

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  25. That's awesome! However, I thought one had to have a Masters degree in Theology to become a pastor.

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    1. God calls you first and foremost. Not man.

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    2. In the U.S, all one needs is a group of people to start a church and become a pastor.No special training is required. Just look at some of our megachurch pastors. Not too many have degrees in theology. What a shame. Congratulations Ben on your accomplishment.

      Mom of three

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    3. No, you don't. But being ordained is no cake walk. You are examined by a board of ministers and you'd better be prepared to explain and defend your beliefs.

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    4. still good to have some studying of theology in actual school also come counseling courses. Ive met many atheists who know more about the bible than some pastors

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    5. Yes! When did he even get a Bachelor degree?

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    6. Many have a Bachelor's degree in something like 'Pastoral Ministry' or 'Pastoral Studies'.

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    7. I was wondering the same thing. I thought you had to have a college degree in theology, then onto seminary. I wish him well, but have to wonder where he got his degree.

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    8. Ben has been busy with school of some kind for several years, so it must have been to get some kind of pastoral degree

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  26. Praying they stay safe with all the animosity toward Christians and that God blesses their ministry. My son feels called to the ministry, and I have to say that has my mom heart way more concerned now than it would have a year ago.

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    1. @January 11th 5:21 Cover your son in prayer daily!

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    2. How are Christians in danger? In my experience, it is Christians who have historically demonstrated scorn and judgment of those who do not share their beliefs. Telling people that they’re going to hell if they don’t convert is just one example.

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    3. 5:44, Christians have already faced some "soft" persecution under Democrat governors just under the excuse of covid. One example: Christians slapped with fines for sitting in a parking lot in their own cars for a radio church service. A situation where there is literally zero chance of spreading covid, yet that's the excuse given. At the same time you could do the same thing in any other parking lit and not get fined. Being emboldened by being the only party with power at the federal level is going to make things less anti-Christianity, especially with the new crackdowns on free speech? I'm not that naive.

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    4. Christians are being killed around the world daily. Doesn’t take much search to find it. Many laws they are trying to make us submit to now are completely against our faith. Every people group has historically shown scorn towards those they don’t agree with this isn’t strictly a “Christian “ thing. You yourself are showing the bigotry by your intolerance of Christian views

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  27. Wonderful accomplishment, Ben.
    This will be my last reading or commenting on this site. These blogs (Duggar and Bates) are apparently being censored by our government. I am especially upset over the previous Bates story being taken down today. Apparently, Freedom of the Press no longer exists here in the US. So long. . .

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    1. When I saw the post about Lawson I knew that would be a heated subject. It was brave of Ellie to broach the subject, but I bet the comments were awful, so she probably had to take it down for that reason.

      Mom of three

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    2. You are talking nonsense. Ellie removed it by herself, no Govt involvement at all.

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    3. Wow, yet another conspiracy theory. I am pretty sure Ellie took the story down to avoid further discussion and to focus on other topics.

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    4. This....is not a real happening.

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    5. Anon 5:23 If you feel that there is government censorship going on with this blog or any blog the solution isn't to leave the blog, the solution is getting a hold of your State Legislature and Governor and Mayor and any company that supports censorship and voice and demand that it stops. You have a voice but you won't for much longer if you run from the problem.

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    6. OP, I have a serious question that I'd like you to answer. You, and others, have complained many times about people in this country becoming amoral, having a lack of decency, setting bad examples, and so on. This is brought up constantly. Yet when a company steps up, takes responsibility, and says "We will not have words or actions on our websites that contribute to hate or violence," you complain about censorship! You can't have it both ways! What are your thoughts on that?

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    7. 11:04, the difference is that "hate" has been redefined to mean that you can't say anything we disagree with rather than just meaning using bad language or having hateful motives.

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  28. Nice to know he can support the family now
    When are they moving?

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    1. Yes a new house hopefully!

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    2. @6:37- support his family? On a pastor’s salary?

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    3. 6:03, totally depends on the church. Some pastors have to get an additional job if their church can't fully support them financially.

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  29. So happy for Ben! This is a WONDERFULL achievement! God bless you and your family!

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  30. Surprised. I didn't even know he was wanted to do that or studying for that.

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  31. and here come the comments on when jessa is gonna have another kid

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  32. Congratulations to Ben and the rest of the Seewald family. That is wonderful for you. Is it for an independent fundamental Baptist church or a nondenominational church? Whatever it is,hope you have a wonderful long career as a pastor for many years to come. Now the Duggar family will have two son in-laws as pastors with Jinger's husband Jeremy being one in Los Angeles,CA. Good luck with your new career. Haley P. from Colorado

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  33. Congrats to the new adventure of the Seewald family! I will enjoy watching you grow in the service of our Lord and Jesus Christ.

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  34. This is great news. Ben has been working hard towards this for a while. I am very happy for them.

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  35. I thought he was the Duggar full time in house homeschooling teacher. And father of 3. When does he have time to study to get a masters?

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    1. I don't think he got a master's degree. You can get ordained without one you know.

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    2. Homeschooling one child only takes an hour or two at Spurgeon’s age; plus Jessa is also hanging out at home-so plenty of support for studying.

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  36. Congratulations!! Very exciting! Well done!

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  37. Why are there always so many negative comments on this site? You all have hundreds of shows that portray your world. You can count the shows on one hand that are clean and wholesome and portray Christian values. No one is telling you to live this way. Are you people really so mean and nasty that you’ve got to constantly bully this family and by extension, their audience? You people act like you’re so above everything and inclusive but you are the small-minded ones. You’ve now got everything going the way you want it and the rest of us are cowered and belittled and constantly muzzled in saying anything we believe in. But you won’t rest until you take this away from us, too. Please just go away and leave us alone. All you are doing is fomenting more hate.

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    1. Please explain how that show is so clean and wholesome and portrays such Christian values, when behind the scenes (and then on camera and on their website) they had to publicly admit that some very un-Christian things had been happening? I'm afraid that what you've chosen to believe is not the reality of this "reality" show. Who has "muzzled" you? You said what you wanted and it was posted.

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    2. Right on, 6:34.

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    3. Christians have family problems like everyone else. They also make decisions for their children that aren't always the best. But, I, too am so tired of the "slings and arrows" directed at the Duggars. Don't like it/them? Stop watching and griping. I enjoy watching the girls who have grown into beautiful women with families/lives of their own.

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    4. Well said @6:34

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  38. I decided that from this point forward that I am going to take myself and my business else where since I don’t feel welcomed here or on the bates blog. I’ve also made the decision that it’s time for me to step down and stop watching the Duggar’s reality show.

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  39. Congratulations Ben! I hope he has a good congregation and I know Jessa will make a great Pastor's wife!

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  40. Congrats on your new job Ben!!!

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  41. Mazel Tov on your ordination.

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    1. I don't think he became a rabbi. lol

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  42. I should probably know this but since I don’t can somebody help me out? -Did Ben go to school for this and has he been planning to become a pastor?

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  43. Who knew that was his goal? I thought he wanted to be a football coach.

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  44. How should we refer to Ben now? Do we call him Reverend Ben or Reverend Seewald? Or should we just continue to call him Ben?

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    1. Why would you call him Reverend if he's not your pastor??

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    2. Pastor Seewald

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    3. I'll stick with Ben since he's not my pastor.

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  45. WOW!! Congrats!! That’s awesome to hear!!

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  46. Does he even have a Bachelor degree? I was under the impression you need that before getting a Masters. What schools has he attended?

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    1. I believe Ben holds an Associate’s degree. I recall the family sharing pictures and details about his graduation at the time.

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    2. He's probably been working on his bachelor's online. He got his Associate's degree quite a while ago.

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  47. They mentioned Ben "studying" several times. Guess this was what he was studying for.

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  48. Wonderful news! Congrats to Ben!

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  49. Ummm. I don’t see a post for Jana and John David’s birthday. Today is the 12th. Anyways happy birthday to both of them.

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  50. Congratulations Ben. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  51. Congratulations!!! But, I have to ask, where did he go to college and seminary school?

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    1. If I remember correctly, he was taking online Moody Bible courses.

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  52. I wonder if they are keeping the details quiet for privacy, or so people will tune into the show? I’m curious how much schooling etc he actually went through. I’m Catholic and to be a priest it requires a bachelors degree then three more years of full time seminary. With the other Christian denominations the requirements to pastors vary greatly.

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    1. The requirements to be an ordained pastor varies a great deal and it depends on which church Ben was ordained in. In my experience in several churches it usually means that someone has completed a course of study that the church sets up and that qualifies the person to act in a leadership role. It rarely means the person being ordained is going to be paid. Some churches ordain deacons too. I think Ben should keep his TV job if he wants to support his family.

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  53. Aren't you going to make a post for Jana and John's birthday?

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  54. WOW BEN, That is great,UPS to U, that takes lots of work, and with having a family that is x super!!!!!! I love U 5!!!!!!!!!

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    1. UPS to U- what does that mean?

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    2. At 4:39, that's a good question. I wondered the same thing when I read it.

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    3. I prefer FedEx to U.

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  55. Why is there nothing about Jana and John David's birthday?

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  56. Good for Ben! For a 25-year old he's done well - school, theology college, pastorship. He is so lucky to have Jessa to be suppiortive of it all, with 3 kids, and that they have Jessa's family to help them financially.

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  57. IT Won't be on TV. So you will not see his service.

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  58. It's weird how so many people comment without even reading the caption, which usually answers their questions.

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    1. I think the wording was changed to make it more clear. There was no mention of a church earlier, just the ordination.

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  59. The more I get to know Ben (through the show and social media), the more I like him. Congrats Ben!! I bet you’ll do wonderful things.

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  60. Why would they keep the name of the church a secret? I've never heard of a pastor who wouldn't let it be known where he was pastor. Is the church planning to keep this a secret too?

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    1. There are many times when a pastor is leaving a church that they don’t want it out there yet or when a new church has hired them but they are just waiting for all the checklists to be complete and it isn’t 100% final that they will wait. They may also wish to keep it quiet to keep the crazies from overwhelming the church with hate mail and phone calls during a transition 🀷🏼‍♀️

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    2. I think they don't want curious fans to hang around the church. Some fans are eager to see the Duggars in person and can be quite a nuisance.

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    3. This is a completely different scenario than most pastors. Most pastors aren't on a reality show with lots of fans and also lots of people who go on social media to gossip, falsely accuse, and judge them. They probably don't want the show to interfere with their ministry.

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  61. Maybe they are moving to California to be closer to Jinger and Jeremy!

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