Southwestern Seminary is making an investment in student wives. We believe that there is a need for a ministering wife to join her husband in the educational pilgrimage. This unique program combines practical, spiritual, and academic studies.
Student wives can be equipped and earn seminary credit by attending courses offered one night a week through Seminary Studies for Student Wives. There are three certificate tracks a student wife may take. To be eligible to take any of these courses for credit, the student wife must complete the application for admission for certificate and non-degree programs.
Seminary Studies for Student Wives Certificate, 12 hours
Students must take SSSWP 1022 Partners in Ministry and 5 additional two-hour SSSWP courses.
Seminary Studies for Student Wives in Missions, 16 hours
Completion of this program meets IMB educational requirements. Students in this program must complete the following:
Advanced Seminary Studies for Student Wives Certificate, 8 hours
Any student who has completed either of the above certificates may complete an additional 8 hours of SSSWP courses and receive the “Advanced Seminary Studies for Student Wives Certificate.”
The Partners in Ministry course is provided free. The fee for remaining SSSWP courses is $25 per course. As certificate students, student wives are also eligible to take regular seminary courses. The standard course fee rates apply to regular seminary courses. Regardless of course type, SSSWP students will not be required to pay campus fees, provided the courses taken count towards the completion of the certificate. Six credit hours of regular seminary courses may be taken in lieu of two SSSWP courses. In addition, free childcare is provided for any student wife attending regularly scheduled SSSWP classes. Reservations must be made in advance.
Courses offered in the SSSW Program will be offered in seven-week blocks. Each course will count as 2 hours of credit. In addition to the Partners in Ministry course, two courses will be offered each fall and two courses will be offered each spring. After taking the Partners in Ministry course, a student can take four 2-hour courses each academic year.
For additional information concerning Seminary Studies for Student Wives or Seminary Studies courses, call the Dean of Women’s Programs at 817-923-1921 ext 3600.
SSSWP 1022 Partners in MinistryThis course offers a practical survey of issues relating to the role of the minister’s wife. Women who are not in this category should seek the professor’s counsel before seeking to enroll. This course is a required course and must be taken in the first fall semester of seminary studies for student wives. Two hours.
SSSWP 1002 Women in Church HistoryThis course is designed to be an overview of prominent women in church history and the recognition of their contributions and accomplishments. Two hours.
SSSWP 1102 Overview of the New Testament IAn introductory overview of the New Testament with attention to the authorship, audience, purpose and outstanding doctrines covering Matthew to Acts of the New Testament. Two hours.
SSSWP 1112 Overview of the New Testament IIAn introductory overview of the New Testament with attention to the authorship, audience, purpose and outstanding doctrines covering Romans to Revelation of the New Testament. Two hours.
SSSWP 1202 The Art of TeachingA study of the principles and methods of effective Christian teaching, including the development of presentation skills. This course is designed to improve the Christian worker’s ability as a teacher. Two hours.
SSSWP 1212 How to Teach the Bible This course provides practical knowledge, skills, and strategies for effectively studying and teaching the Bible with confidence in whatever setting a woman may be called to serve. Two hours.
SSSWP 1302 Overview of the Old Testament IAn introductory overview of the Old Testament with attention to the authorship, audience, purpose and outstanding doctrines covering Genesis to Esther of the Old Testament. Two hours.
SSSWP 1312 Overview of the Old Testament IIAn introductory overview of the Old Testament with attention to the authorship, audience, purpose and outstanding doctrines covering Job to Malachi of the Old Testament. Two hours.
SSSWP 1402 Basic Christian Doctrine IA study of the biblical, historical and contemporary interpretations of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Two hours.
SSSWP 1412 Basic Christian Doctrine IIAn amplified study of womanhood from the scriptures in order to establish the foundation for systematizing a consistent and non-contradictory pattern and plan for biblical womanhood throughout the generations and especially for the present era. Two hours.
SSSWP 1502 Intro to Biblical Languages: GreekThis course introduces the student to the Greek alphabet, the basic building blocks of Greek grammar and basic Greek vocabulary. The student will also be introduced to valuable resources, tools and study aids for the Greek language. Two hours.
SSSWP 1602 Intro to Biblical Languages: HebrewThis course introduces the student to the Hebrew alphabet, the basic building blocks of Hebrew grammar and basic Hebrew vocabulary. The student will also be introduced to valuable resources, tools and study aids for the Hebrew language. Two hours.
SSSWP 1702 Spiritual Development of ChildrenA study of the spiritual development of preschoolers and children, with discussions of how to lay the foundation of faith in the lives of children. Two hours.
SSSWP 1802 Woman to Woman MinistryAn introductory study and overview of the biblical basis of woman to woman ministry and developing a ministry to women in the local church. Two hours.
SSSWP 1822 Counseling for WomenThis course will focus on equipping ministry wives to counsel other women with God’s Word. This course exposes women with a variety of topics a counselor may encounter while counseling other women. Scripture references are provided as a tool to help the counselee. Two hours.
SSSWP 1902 Women and EvangelismPrinciples and practices of ministry and personal witnessing as it relates to women. Two hours.
SSSWP 1912 Ministry in the HomeA study of the theological foundation, skills and attitudes for a ministry of hospitality and service through the home. Two hours.
SSSWP 1992 International MissionsCreated in a directed study format, students may earn credit while participating in regular seminary site-based education opportunities. (Dean approval required). Two hours.
SSSWP 2102 Women and MissionsThis course equips women for International Missions by examining issues related to women serving across cultures. Two hours.
SSSWP 5033 Special TopicsA class or seminar in which significant topics for ministry wives are explored. Three hours.