Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 PDF



Ingo Sorke, Chair.

John Peckham, Jorge Rico, Lloyd Willis.

Adjunct: Heather Crews, Bill Kilgore,  Russ Laughlin, George Reid, Theodore Stewart.

Aims of the Department

This department seeks to introduce the student to a personal, vital and living experience with Jesus Christ, and to foster the growth of that experience. By careful examination and analysis of the written Word and its implications, every effort is made to determine the purposes and will of God, as well as His universal truths and ideals. Instruction is designed to provide students with a concept of service as well as to supply the methods which will enable them to share their experience, either in professional ministry, or in effective lay witnessing in the church and the world at large, with the objective of advancing the proclamation of God's final message to the world.

Programs (Click for more info)

Besides providing courses designed to develop religious insights and skills in all students of the University, the department offers several programs to meet specific needs:

  • B.A. Theology (Professional - for Pastoral Work and Seminary)
  • B.A. Religion (for General Study Purposes)
  • Minor in Religion
  • Minor in Biblical Languages
  • Certificate Program (p. 121)
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Ministerial Program (Click for more info)

The department warmly welcomes persons who are moved to offer their lives in full-time service to God and humanity. The faculty is available to assist such applicants who wish to evaluate and deepen their experience as well as to explore the expanding opportunities for service. The department will not recommend to the ministry any student who has not completed the course of study as outlined or who has a GPA that is less than 2.5, which is the minimum required for entrance to the SDA Theological Seminary. It is the student's personal responsibility to plan a course of study that includes all requirements for degree sought.

Completion of the major in Theology meets the guidelines stipulated by the Adventist Church and the minimal requirements for admission to the Seminary and entrance into the ministry.

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Courses (Click for more info)

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Certificate Program Through Distance Education Program (Click for more info)

The Southwestern Adventist University Distance Education Program and the Department of Religion offers a Certificate in Church Ministry to prepare better lay leaders for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a unique church ministry program which combines basic theological education with church history and applied ministerial methods and practices. The curriculum of the certificate consists of courses totaling 18 semester hours of college credit. These credits may be transferred to any other accredited college or university and may be applied to a degree at Southwestern Adventist University. The curriculum is also designed to help church lay leaders increase their knowledge and skills and be better equipped to work in various positions of lay leadership.

The Certificate in Church Ministry does not prepare candidates for full-time employment in pastoral ministry nor does it constitute an alternative theology degree. Anyone choosing full-time ministry as a goal for life must enroll in a four-year BA Theology program. Although the program will be entirely offered on-line, all courses can also be taken as traditional classes on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University in the current semester format. The courses in the certificate program are offered in either English or Spanish. The Spanish version, however, is only available on-line.

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Distance Educaiton Church Ministry on-line Program

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