Special Campus Centers and Programs of Study

The B.H. Carroll Center for Baptist Heritage and Mission

The mission of the Carroll Center is to promote commitment to God's truth and gospel proclamation through telling the story of faithful Baptist witness. In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves critical Baptist archives, promotes research and publishing of books and articles, and organizes lectures, forums, and symposia on topics related to Baptist history, with a special focus on topics related to the Conservative Resurgence.  The Center also features a 3,000 square-foot Exhibit Hall with the Adrian Rogers Library at its heart.

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 Evangelical Theology

The Center for Evangelical Theology pursues research in both the theological distinctives of evangelicalism and its history. Through its efforts the Center seeks to provide further resources for evangelical self-understanding and theological faithfulness through lectures and print and digital media resources.

The Center for Expository Preaching

In order to provide local church pastors with the tools necessary to preach expository sermons, the Center for Expository Preaching in cooperation with the Riley Center hosts the Expository Preaching Workshop during the spring semester. Dr. David Allen, 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. 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.

Center for Church Revitalization

Established in August 2019, the Center for Church Revitalization (CCR) provides resources, equipping/training events, consulting services, internships, and ministry opportunities to meet the needs of pastors, church leaders, and the local church in general.

Working in cooperation with the national fellowship of state revitalization leaders and the church replanting team of the North American Mission Board, the CCR is available as a resource for churches and state conventions addressing revitalization needs for the purpose of restoring churches for Gospel impact.

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, former 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!

Southwestern Society for Women in Scholarship

The Society for Women in Scholarship (SWS) is a student-led group of female seminarians dedicated to academic excellence and scholarly discussion.

The SWS serves to cultivate theological dialogue, academic excellence, and professional development among masters and doctoral students. The Society is open to women of all degree programs.

Among the main goals of SWS is mentoring and creating community among Southwestern women, between female doctoral and master’s students, and between scholars and seminary women. Activities include student paper presentations, discussion of relevant theological questions, and topics in professional development. 

Southwestern Women's Center

Housed just south of Mathena Hall, the Southwestern Women’s Center provides a central location for any female member of the Southwestern Seminary family to seek resources, connection, practical training, and mentoring, thereby serving as a catalyst for professional, academic, and leadership development for women.

The Women’s Center also promotes a robust and positive climate for women on campus through discussion groups, mentoring, networking, and advising. 

Walsh Counseling Center

The Walsh Counseling Center exists to provide biblical counseling to Southwesterners.  Students or staff who experience trials or times of crisis can find resources of wisdom and encouragement from the faculty members who offer insight from the Scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  There is never any charge for this service.

World Missions Center

The World Missions Center at Southwestern Seminary exists to inform, inspire, equip, network, and engage all Southwesterners in God’s vision for his church as expressed in Revelation 7:9-12. It is our purpose to see every Southwesterner actively involved in the task of global evangelism and discipleship, passionately seeking to fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God. The WMC seeks to fulfill its Mission through a diversity of partnerships, programs, and ministry strategies:

  • Missions
    • Promotion of short-term mission trips, mid-term assignments (Fish School 2+2 Program), and long-term (career) IMB ministry roles
    • Developing the annual Missions Practicum known as "Reach the World"
    • Conducting and facilitating mission trips across North America and around the globe
  • Evangelism
    • Coordinating the annual Evangelism Practicum known as "Reach The Nations" and the annual "Crossover" evangelistic outreach initiative (preceding the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Conferences
    • Hosting international church planting conferences including the annual International Church Planting Week (each Fall Semester)
    • Hosting global summits focused upon the needs of and opportunities within IMB affinity groups
  • Campus Events
    • Organizing the SWBTS World Missions Week (each Spring semester)
    • Participating with the North American Mission Board in North American Church Planting Week (each Spring semester)
  • Fellowship
    • Developing and coordinating the communications for the SWBTS Missionary Alumni Fellowship
    • Facilitating the expansion of Southwestern's international student fellowships
  • Internships & Opportunities
    • Developing student internships through state convention partnerships in evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, church planting, and cross-cultural missions
    • Partnering with NAMB and state conventions to develop student summer apprenticeships (short-term opportunities with the possibility of academic credit)
    • Facilitating local church internships and apprenticeships for Southwestern students in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and missions roles
  • Research
    • Assisting students, faculty, and the local church in demographic research for the development of evangelism, missions, and church planting strategies

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