Special Campus Centers and Programs of Study

The Center for Biblical Stewardship

The Center for Biblical Stewardship exists to inspire the “heart-work” of stewardship leaders. It does this by promoting, educating, and preserving Biblical stewardship heritage.

The Center for Early Christian Studies

The Center for Early Christian Studies is an initiative to facilitate concentrated research and teaching at the seminary that recovers the significant theological voices of the early church. This center supports the academic environment of the seminary through committed research, teaching, and publication in the field of Early Christianity as well as through a combination of special lectures, academic conferences, study groups, and a website dedicated to research in early Christianity.

The Center for Expository Preaching

In order to provide local church pastors with the tools necessary to preach text-driven sermons, the Center for Expository Preaching in cooperation with the Riley Center hosts the Expository Preaching Workshop during the spring semester. Dr. David Allen, Dean of the School of TPreaching, also serves as the Director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching.

The Center for Theological Research

The Center for Theological Research, directed by Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, seeks to promote evangelical and Baptist theology among Southern Baptists. The center accomplishes this task through special lectures, think tank sessions, and study programs. A number of special lectures, the first of which is the Day-Higginbotham Lectures series, are managed by the Center. The think tank sessions invite established scholars to participate in discussions concerning crucial theological topics, such as the challenge of open theism or the necessity of confessional theology. The first of the study programs, the Oxford Studies Program, offers students a chance to earn credit for classes taken while journeying through the British Isles. For information concerning the special lectures, the think tank sessions, or the study programs, please contact the office of Dr. Yarnell at 817-923-1921, ext. 4495.

Continuing Education for Ministry

Southwestern Seminary offers two types of continuing educational opportunities. First, those who have completed a college or seminary degree, may, upon approval of their application, enroll in courses offered at the level of the degree they have completed. This applies to all courses, however, prerequisite requirements must be met when they exist. Courses may be taken for credit or audited. All such work will be noted on a transcript from the Registrar’s Office. Persons interested in continuing education on the master’s level may want to consider a prescribed concentration of courses. Those who successfully complete a prescribed concentration, usually 12 hours, are eligible to receive a certificate from the Seminary recognizing the accomplishment.

A second opportunity for continuing education is found among the many workshops, conferences, and seminars hosted or sponsored by the Seminary through The Riley Center for Leadership Development. A full listing of these opportunities can be found on the Seminary website. Most of these workshops, conferences, and seminars are open to the public for a modest registration fee. In some cases, transcripted course credit is available for approved applicants upon completion of extra syllabus requirements.

Language/Culture Ministry Training Programs

In addition to its regular programs of study, the seminary has specialized programs that offer instruction in Spanish, German, and Korean. Southwestern Seminary offers the entire Master of Theological Studies program online in Spanish as well as a series of courses in Spanish that culminate in the completion of a concentration in Hispanic Studies. The seminary also has a Doctor of Ministry Program for students residing in Korea and a Master of Arts in Theology program in Bonn, Germany. These and other programs demonstrate the seminary's commitment to train pastors and church leaders for the numerous socio-linguistic groups in this country and around the world.

Naylor Children's Center

The Southwestern Mother’s Day Out program offers a safe and welcoming atmosphere for children. Trained teachers are all part of the seminary family and are selected for their experience, gifts and calling to provide quality care in a Christian environment. Spacious class rooms, a large indoor play area, and age-appropriate outdoor play grounds create the perfect place for children to learn, interact, and make new friends.

As a complement to Mother’s Day Out, Southwestern Seminary has established the Southwestern Homeschool Program. This partnership program supports homeschooling parents and children with supplementary classes and resources, extracurricular activities, and fellowship in a community of like-minded Christian home educators.

The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement

The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement was established at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to open doors for the study and research of ethics, public policy and other cultural and philosophical issues.

The center was named in honor of Richard Land, a visiting professor at the seminary and president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Land is author of numerous books, including The Divided States of America? What Liberals and Conservatives are Missing in the God-and-Country Shouting Match!

The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement shares with the ERLC a desire, as stated in the ERLC mission statement, “to awaken, inform, energize, equip, and mobilize Christians to be the catalysts for the Biblically–based transformation of their families, churches, communities, and the nation.”

The Scarborough Institute for Church Planting and Growth

The L. R. Scarborough Institute for Church Planting and Growth is dedicated to the task of equipping leaders who will grow theologically sound and culturally relevant churches in the twenty-first century. Founded in 1993, the Institute seeks to attain its goals by:

  • Utilizing faculty scholars as a church growth think tank and promoting church planting and church growth research.
  • Involving students in summer, semester, and year-long church planting internships and also in International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and State Convention mentorships in such areas as: Church Starting, Church Growth, Multi-housing Ministries, Ministers of Missions, Prison Ministry, and Student Pastorates.
  • Featuring church planting and church growth conferences.
  • Coordinating the annual Spring Evangelism Practicum.
  • Participating with the North American Mission Board in the Nehemiah Church Planting project.
  • Supervising the Urban Evangelism Practicum.
  • Providing demographic materials for student and faculty research.
  • Participating in national and international research projects such as the Mission Atlas Project.

For further information contact:

The Scarborough Institute
PO Box 22598, Fort Worth TX 76122
Phone: (817) 923-1921 ext. 6679

Visiting Students

Students from the Freie Theologische Hochschule (FTH) in Giesen, Germany are eligible to apply to complete up to one year of study at Southwestern. These visiting students complete twelve semester hours of master's-level coursework per semester in fulfillment of a degree being earned through FTH. Applications for admission are completed through the admissions office and applicants must complete all visa requirements through Southwestern's Office of International Student Ministry and Services.

World Missions Center

The heartbeat of the World Missions Center revolves around enhancing understanding of the biblical basis for missions, increasing awareness of God’s work among all peoples, and assisting in identifying and embracing roles in God’s mission. This is accomplished through mentoring students, mobilizing students, and connecting students to the world.

Please contact the World Missions Center Team with any questions.

PO Box 22418
Fort Worth, TX 76122-0418

(817) 923-1921 ext. 7500
Email: wmc@swbts.edu

Established 1908 Fort Worth, Texas