Applied Apologetics

The Doctor of Ministry and the Doctor of Educational Ministry concentration in Applied Apologetics at Southern will equip pastors and ministry leaders to apply the Bible, history, philosophy and theology to contemporary issues in the local church. The changing nature of our culture demands a high level of ongoing training for local church pastors and ministry leaders.

Apologetics is not only a core facet of the Great Commission, it is a necessary task for educating and preparing ministers for gospel service in the 21st century. The concentration in Applied Apologetics will further equip pastors and leaders to rightly handle God’s word, train men and women to engage the culture, and lead in the local church with the truth of God’s word as it relates to contemporary issues in ethics, scientific and historical debate, and issues of religion and faith in the public square.

Why Applied Apologetics?

A word from Dr. Jones...

Apologetics is vital for the task of relating the truth of Scripture to an ever-changing culture and engaging the world with the veracity of God’s word.

Program of Study

This program of study is offered as a 32 Hour D.Min. degree.

Course curriculum includes:

  • Project Methodology (1 hour)
  • Intro to Doctoral Research & Writing (1 hour)
  • Four Foundational Seminars (16 hours)
    • Issues in Ethics and Apologetics
    • Contemporary Perspectives on Science and Culture
    • Contemporary Perspectives on the Resurrection and Canon of Scripture
    • Applied Apologetics in Ministry Contexts
  • Contextualized Writing Seminars (8 hours)
  • Ministry Research Project or Thesis (6 hours)

This program of study is also offered as a 46 Hour D.Ed.Min. degree.

Course curriculum includes:

  • Project Methodology (1 hour)
  • Intro to Doctoral Research & Writing (1 hour)
  • Four Foundational Seminars (16 hours)
    • Issues in Ethics and Apologetics
    • Contemporary Perspectives on Science and Culture
    • Contemporary Perspectives on the Resurrection and Canon of Scripture
    • Applied Apologetics in Ministry Contexts
  • Two Educational Seminars (12 hours)
    • Applied Empirical Research
    • Foundations of Teaching
  • Contextualized Writing Seminars (8 hours)
  • Ministry Research Project or Thesis (8 hours)

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