Whether you are preparing for a career at a Christian high school, Bible college, Christian graduate school, or seminary, it is imperative that you are able to think well across a variety of subjects and disciplines. The best teachers are prepared to help their students strategically navigate the myriad of ideas they will encounter. In “The Eminence of Teaching,” Étienne Gilson says, “The good teacher then loves to teach because he loves to impart to his pupils the very best thing there is in him, namely, intellectual life, knowledge, truth. … The highest reward of teaching is the joy of making other minds similar, not indeed to ourselves, but to the truth which is in us.” Having training that integrates theology, philosophy, and apologetics will greatly impact your ability to connect the dots between ideas and help others think well about the various academic subjects they will learn. Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College provides that integrated training that will enable you to equip your students to proclaim the Gospel, engage the culture, and defend the Truth.
Students looking at online programs in theology, philosophy, apologetics, or biblical studies are impressed when they discover how our digital campus experience pushes far beyond the outdated models of asynchronous education most schools still use. Everything we have developed at SES will equip you to engage a culture that is hostile to the Gospel, and you can get this training without leaving your current ministry context.
You almost certainly have at least some basic — and perhaps even advanced — knowledge of Christian theology and apologetics. Many new students at SES have studied books like Tactics by Gregory Koukl, Lewis’ Mere Christianity, or I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by SES alum Frank Turek and SES co-founder Norman Geisler. These are all very helpful resources, but perhaps you have reached that point in your self-guided research where you hit a wall or find yourself out of your depth.
It’s one thing to employ tactics effectively in conversation and know the basics of Christianity. It’s another thing to realize you have not been grounded in a sound philosophy that integrates into a full, robust systematic theology. You can be a good philosopher without being a good apologist, but it does not work the other way around! Giving you the philosophical foundation you need for both theology and apologetics is just one of the ways that a degree or certificate from SES will serve you well. Watch the short video below to learn more.
Prospective students are almost always surprised to learn how affordable we keep our degree programs at Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College.
You need effective training for ministry — not a crippling load of student loan debt. The value of a degree here pays off through your entire career and truly has an eternal value as well.
Start the admission process today. You can begin in just a few minutes by filling out our initial application and it will open the door for us to have an exploratory conversation about your graduate school priorities and hopes for ministry. We have an entire team at SES who is ready to help you in the process of discerning your gifts and calling to ministry so you can engage our culture in the conversations that matter the most. Take the next step now.
42 hoursYou can earn this degree in less than two years and be equipped to teach at a Bible college or pursue PhD studies and advanced academic scholarship.
60 hoursOur flagship master’s program is perfect for those seeking ordination and full-time ministry, a writing and speaking career, or advanced apologetics training.
90 hoursWith the broad foundation of our M.Div in Apologetics program, you’ll be strongly equipped for writing, teaching, speaking, and defending the Christian faith.
90 hoursYou'll venture far past basic ancient language skills, classical theism, exegesis, and hermeneutics with this degree and be ready to engage with the toughest questions in our culture.
36 hoursThe 36 hour Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics enhances your credibility while giving you confidence and competence to address the unique issues of 21st-century pastoral leadership. This program will help you cast a vision for the future of your ministry in a complex and increasingly secular world.
60 hoursWhatever your future plans or calling might be, this program will refine your thinking, writing, and ability to engage in conversations at the very heart of our faith.
15-18 hoursEach certificate is designed to prepare professionals or laypersons with uniquely integrated training in theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian world view. Certificate students are enrolled in actual for-credit courses and may apply their credits towards a future SES degree.