School of Educational Ministries

Preparing God’s people for His service

The purpose of the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries is to provide graduate biblical education to God-called Great Commission ministers who teach, lead, disciple, and biblically counsel with excellence.


Inspired by God’s Word

Commitment & Core Values

We are committed to equipping great commission ministers who teach, lead, disciple, and biblically counsel with excellence.

  • Academic Excellence rooted in biblical, theological, and confessional fidelity.
  • Competency-Shaped Curriculum which ensures each graduate will be well equipped for practical ministry.
  • Church-Partnered Approach allowing for the perfect blending of formal education and personal coaching.
  • Life Transforming Education marked by a wholistic approach of head (cognitive), heart (affective), and hand (behavioral) change in the student’s life.
  • Global Focus requiring each graduate to be equipped to teach, lead, disciple, and biblically counsel cross-culturally with a strong desire to fulfill the great commission.


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.


Chris Shirley

Dean of the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries;
Professor of Educational Ministries;
Jack D. and Barbara Terry Chair of Religious Education

Terri H. Stovall

Dean of Women;
Professor of Women’s Ministries

The Southwestern/D6 Family Ministry Journal

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has partnered with with D6 Family Ministry as the named sponsor of The Southwestern/D6 Family Ministry Journal.

The Southwestern D6 Family Ministry Journal publishes scholarly research articles for professors and students who are committed to the development of the next generation of Christian ministers and community leaders, as well as those who are already serving in local church and parachurch settings. The journal seeks to provide rigorous and scholarly thinking through articles and essays that reflect on God’s use of generational, primarily paternal and maternal, influences in the lives of children as evidenced in Scripture while simultaneously exploring the integration and application of the relationship between the church and home. Additionally, readers will find book reviews on the latest family ministry and discipleship categories. Articles and essays reflect content that supports the teaching of generational approaches for ministry leaders to equip parents at church and home, as well as championing methodologies and cultures of Christian education at colleges and seminaries that prepare and retain children and young adults in the development of a Christian lifestyle and Christian leadership skills.

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