Students may pursue training in collegiate ministry through two primary avenues:
Dr. Max Barnett
The 600+ SBC churches within an hour from Southwestern often turn to the seminary when searching for paid or volunteer collegiate ministry leadership. Dr. Barnett takes the initiative to help churches and Southwestern students connect with each other.
In addition, Dr. Barnett takes an active role in placing students in campus ministry leadership. Some of these positions can be filled while taking classes at Southwestern. Other positions are in other cities or states and are filled while under a supervised internship program. Such supervised internships can last from one semester to two years. Dr. Barnett is highly respected in the field of Collegiate Ministry, and he has a wide network of relationships around the nation. This is valuable to students seeking places to serve.
Both Dr. Barnett and the seminary’s church minister relations office take an active role in placing students in ministry positions (both local church and campus ministry) after graduation.
Many students graduate from Southwestern and move immediately into fully-funded campus ministry positions around the nation. Others seek to establish campus ministries on major university campuses that have no such ministry. The Collegiate Ministry curriculum includes careful instruction in how to create funding for a campus ministry where none exists.