Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF



Ingo Sorke, Chair

John Peckham, Jorge Rico, Lloyd Willis

Adjunct: Heather Crews, Keith Gray, Bill Kilgore, Russ Laughlin, Theodore Stewart

Aims of the Department

Through the Religious Education emphasis at Southwestern Adventist University, students will be able to:

  • read the Bible perceptively
  • understand the Christian worldview
  • integrate the contributions of Seventh-day Adventism
  • be disciples of Christ and active members of their local congregations

Specifically, theological training facilitates a Christ-centered and Bible-based education on campus, in the classroom, and in the community, balancing theory and practice and harmonizing  the dynamics of local church and global mission within a Seventh-day  Adventist context.  We integrate a multifaceted matrix of Inspiration - Implication - Implementation and Involvement.


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 welcomes persons who are moved to offer their lives in full-time ministry to God and humanity.  The faculty assists 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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