Apologetics-Focused Education for Presenters

Training for a Speaking Ministry

Are You Equipped to, as Norm Geisler Would Say, Disciple Disciplers and Teach Teachers?

Parachurch ministries are an important resource for providing valuable apologetics and evangelism training to the local church through speaking ministry

Ministries like CrossExamined, founded by SES alum Dr. Frank Turek, in addition to Norm Geisler International MinistriesEngage 360, and many others help equip thousands each year with the truth of the Gospel through speaking ministry. For those wishing to join these efforts in bringing sound Christian thinking to the masses, integrated training in theology, philosophy, and apologetics is a must.

Through integrated apologetics-focused Christian education, undergirded with sound philosophy and theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary will equip you to form a complete and systematic Christian worldview. This vital training provides the necessary tools you need for effective evangelism and discipleship.These tools can be practically incorporated into your own speaking ministry as you equip your listeners to be steadfast in the truth.

Seminary education that prepares you.

Beyond Online Education

Individuals 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or biblical studies are impressed when they discover how our digital campus experience pushes far beyond the outdated models of asynchronous education most schools still use.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 for speaking ministry without leaving your current ministry context.

Why Should You Seriously Consider Studying at SES?

You almost certainly have at least some basic — and perhaps even advanced — knowledge of Christian 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.

Apologetics, theology, and even Bible study will never reach their potential without being grounded in sound philosophy. It's not a matter of whether you're doing philosophy. It's a matter of whether you're doing it well or poorly. You can be a good philosopher without being a good apologist or theologian, 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.

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CrossExamined Instructor Academy Partnership

CIA graduates receive a 25% tuition discount on all for-credit SES courses! Started by SES alum Frank Turek, CrossExamined Instructor Academy (CIA) is an intense three-day program where you will learn how to present I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist—which involves four main topics: Truth, God, Miracles and the New Testament—and how to answer questions about those topics in a hostile environment. During those three days, in addition to hearing lectures and participating in discussions, you will be asked to present a portion of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and answer questions from several instructors such as Frank Turek, Greg Koukl, Richard Howe, J.Warner Wallace, Alisa Childers, and others.


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A Valuable Degree with Exceptionally Affordable Tuition

Prospective students are almost always surprised to learn how affordable we keep our degree programs at Southern Evangelical Seminary. You will also not be bogged down with numerous fees.

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. 

As a result, we're delighted to tell you that you'll have a very difficult time finding a better tuition rate than what we offer at SES: $475 per credit hour (Graduate Level).


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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 educational 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.

"SES has really opened the horizons for me to be able to share my faith and to share the truth of Christianity all over the US and Latin America. The training that SES provided me, it's been amazing. I'm able to have high-level philosophical conversations with professors all over Latin America. And also, at different churches, I'm able to answer the touch questions that come against Christianity."

Jorge Gil


Example Degrees for Speakers

Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.C.A.)


Dig into the meat of classical apologetics with this foundational M.A. degree; be equipped for ministry or further studies

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Apologetics & Theology


This seminary-level degree will take your apologetics training to the next level by layering in important theological study

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Apologetics


This extremely practical and hands-on degree will prepare to for apologetics ministry in a variety of ministry contexts