Chapel services are conducted each day, Tuesday through Thursday, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The period is designed as an opportunity for the entire seminary family to worship and rejoice together. Attendance is expected. Chapel Sermons are available at media.swbts.edu.
Southwestern seeks to involve the seminary community in special emphases, programs, and lectures.
The Jesse and Fannie Northcutt Lectures on Preaching and Pastoral Ministries were established in 1976 by the board of trustees. They have been funded by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Graham of New Braunfels, Texas, the Northcutts, and friends. Northcutt began his service at Southwestern Seminary in 1939 and was professor, dean, and vice president.
The Day-Higginbotham Lectures were established by an endowment fund in 1965 donated by Mrs. Edwin M. Reardon, III as a memorial to the late Paul Clanton Higginbotham and to Mr. and Mrs. Riley Day, Mrs. Reardon’s parents.
These lectures were established in 1987 by Minette Williams Drumwright as a memorial to her late husband. Drumwright, a former pastor, served on the New Testament faculty at Southwestern for almost 30 years and was dean of the School of Theology for seven years.
The seminary was chartered on March 14, 1908. A special Founder’s Day address is delivered each year by a distinguished scholar. The B. H. Carroll Award, the highest recognition made by the Institutional Advancement Division, is presented on Founder’s Day at a special luncheon.
The initial chapel of each semester unites new students with continuing students and faculty in an appearance of the entire seminary family before the Lord.
An annual church music workshop is scheduled each spring semester with an outstanding visiting faculty, recitalists, and choral groups. Church musicians from all over the nation and students enrolled in the School of Church Music participate.
Bi-annual Expository Preaching Workshops, sponsored by Southwestern’s Center for Preaching and the School of Preaching, are hosted in the Fall and Spring Semesters. The workshops feature the practical aspects of preparing text-driven sermons.
For over 25 years, Southwestern has sponsored a national conference for ministers and laypersons who work with students. The conference is planned and led by seminary students.