This website deals with important things to consider like degrees, schools, and finances. On top of that many of us have responsibilities at home, at church, and at work. With all of these important things vying for our attention and limited time, let us not forget the most important thing about ministry - it is about God and His glory. God has called many to full time ministry, but not everyone. I know many with an undergrad or masters in ministry or theology that serve their church, but earn their living in some other line of work. Their advanced training usually makes them an integral part of their church and their job gives them contacts that they otherwise wouldn't have. I think that's great. Paul made tents, which no doubt was an opportunity to share the gospel to many in the marketplace, but he also had an intentional ministry throughout the empire.
For others, God has called them to a paid position in a church or ministry and still others obtained a degree but then for various reasons abandon ministry altogether. No matter your situation, consider why we should study ministry or theology: it's for the glory of God. If it's money, a job working with people, or some other reason, you're following the wrong career path. The money can be decent, but often isn't, people can be cruel, hurtful, and fickle. The only constant is who God is and his worthiness of worship. As someone trained for ministry you are held responsible for what you teach (or don't teach), for your actions, and for how you love others. As ministers (and I use that term loosely), we must remember to focus on having our own relationship with God, leading our family towards a growing relationship with God, and helping the body of Christ have a growing relationship with God. It's about feeding His sheep. When loving others becomes difficult, when people personally attack you, and when you just feel depressed, remember why you studied ministry and theology in the first place.
Mark Stevens is a former seminary student himself and currently researches and teaches in the area of theological studies.