As seminaries cope with intense financial stress, they're getting a boost from unconventional students.
Enrollments are rising in several corners of theological education as people with no interest in pulpit ministry regard the training as a career enhancer.
Several factors account for enrollment increases, including the tough job market.
Schools of varied stripes are noting increases, including the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, which enrolled 60 new students in 2009. That's up more than 100 percent from 27 in 2008.
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