This is a great question to be asking yourself as you select your school at Southwestern Seminary. Each school serves a particular purpose in partnership with one another and every student will take courses in each of the graduate schools—but why make the Terry School your home? Beyond the wide scope of degree options and concentration choices which will prepare you to be a component minister, the answer to this important question is found in our commitment, values, faculty, and heritage.
We are committed to equipping great commission ministers who teach, lead, disciple, and biblically counsel with excellence.
It is true that “the faculty is the curriculum”. So choosing a school means you are intentionally choosing the professors with whom you will study. In the Terry School, our faculty is marked by their knowledge, experience, and scholarship. Equally important is the constant refrain among the Terry School professors—“the best teaching occurs in the context of relationships”. This belief results in a strong relational community among professors and students, which makes all the difference in your seminary experience.
We have the rich heritage of being the oldest and most highly regarded school of educational ministries for more than 100 years. Southwestern Seminary began in 1908, and in 1915 the department of religious education was established. And then in 1921, the school we now know as the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries was begun by the founding dean, J.M. Price. This means that when you choose the Terry School you are becoming the next in line in a long lineage of well-equipped great commission ministers who will serve Christ’s church with excellence.
Dean of the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries; Professor of Educational Ministries
These degrees include strong biblical and theological foundations, great commission studies, and educational ministry concentrations including: Biblical Counseling, Children and Family Ministry, Christian Leadership, Discipleship and Teaching, Student and Family Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and Women’s Studies.
Wherever God calls you, the School of Educational Ministries will equip you to serve biblically and effectively.