SEBTS offers graduate certificate in Christian ministry

By SEBTS Staff

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has announced its newest graduate certificate – the Certificate in Christian Ministry, a 12-hour program for students seeking to gain proficiency in Christian ministry.

“Graduate certificates provide students the opportunity to be equipped for Christian Ministry,” said SEBTS Provost Keith Whitfield, who also serves as dean of graduate studies and associate professor of theology. “For some, these certificates offer a way to start their ministry preparation, while others may use the program to build on the training they have already received. We are thrilled to provide a program of study that meets students where they are, so they can serve faithfully in the ministry God has called them to.”

The Certificate in Christian Ministry, along with Southeastern’s six other certificate options, will provide a more streamlined process for students seeking to move from the certificate to the graduate level. The Certificate in Christian Ministry is intentionally broad in its focus and is the only certificate that allows students to enroll in any core classes at SEBTS. The Certificate in Christian Ministry is perfect for the person who may be on the fence about entering into a graduate-level program or may be unsure which specific graduate degree to pursue.

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New initiatives from SWBTS Research Doctoral Studies office

By Katie Coleman

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Developing core competencies and increasing effectiveness for kingdom service are two aims of new initiatives launched by the Research Doctoral Studies office at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, says Jonathan Arnold, RDS director.

The first of these initiatives, the ThinkerSpace for Scholar Innovators, will provide opportunities for further academic development beyond students’ degree programs through engagement and collaborative training among students, faculty, alumni and visiting scholars. These opportunities include certificate programs such as the Certificate for Teaching Excellence, which comprises a series of workshops and a two-semester teaching assistantship with a mentor professor.

“We will help them become excellent pedagogues, able to teach effectively in a variety of settings,” Arnold says. “ThinkerSpace for Scholar Innovators will fill the gap between academic excellence and real-life usefulness. The goal of ThinkerSpace is to ensure that our RDS students develop various competencies alongside the content-specific expertise received in the seminars and the library.”

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