Under the lordship of Jesus Christ, the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God, to the Great Commission as our mandate, and to be a servant of the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by training, educating, and preparing ministers of the gospel for more faithful service.
Why You Should Study at Southern Seminary:
Our Confessional Identity
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was founded as a confessional institution and we remain totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God and to the training, educating, and preparing of ministers of the gospel to faithfully serve the church all around the world. Each faculty member signs our confession of faith, the Abstract of Principles, and pledges to “teach in accordance with, and not contrary to, all that is contained therein.”
Our Trusted Faculty
Southern’s world-renowned faculty are brilliant scholars, experienced pastors, and seasoned theologians with over 1,000 years of combined teaching experience, over 900 years of combined ministry experience, and more than 350 books published. All of their experience is leveraged to teach and prepare you to be a faithful and effective minister of the gospel. Among all the considerations for selecting ministry training, one stands above the rest: choose a faculty.
Our Rigorous Preparation
Academic excellence is essential for preparing our students for success. Southern Seminary’s rigorous programs will challenge you to think deeply and prepare thoroughly – all while equipping you with the biblical and theological foundation and practical skills you need to make a gospel impact. Our M.Div. remains the most comprehensive form of ministerial training available with a core comprised of courses in biblical studies, theology, church history, missions, evangelism, and more.
For over 160 years, Southern Seminary has been a robust community of faith and learning. With over 13,000 graduates in the last 30 years, the Southern community is unlike any other. As a student, whether online or in person, you will build relationships that will support and encourage you both during seminary and throughout your lifetime of faithful ministry.
Ministry training can take many forms and Southern Seminary is committed to making theological education accessible to you. With fully online M.Div., M.A., and D.Min. concentrations and all degrees offered in residential and hybrid formats, Southern makes it easy for you to choose the option that best fits your life and schedule while ensuring you still receive the trusted preparation you need.
You’ll Study Under a President with 30 Years of Convictional Leadership
From day one, R. Albert Mohler, Jr. has led Southern Seminary to promote and defend theological fidelity. In his opening address, “Don’t Just Do Something: Stand There,” Dr. Mohler declared with conviction that under his leadership Southern Seminary would return to our confessional founding, defined in the Abstract of Principles, and our mission to educate, prepare, and train ministers of the gospel.
What began 30 years ago continues today.