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Our Confession
We affirm the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. We covenant to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message.
Our Core Competencies

With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education.  Every student should seek to develop in…

  • Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.

  • Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.

  • Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.

  • Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.

  • Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.

We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.

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In addition to the required minor of Christian Studies, students may elect to study one of the following minors:

Apologetics | Biblical Studies | Business | English | ESL | Global Studies | History | Humanities | Justice and Social Ethics | Missions | Music | Organizational Leadership | Pastoral Ministry | Preaching | Psychology | Student Ministry | Theology | Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication

Equips the student to defend the Christian faith, emphasizing theology, philosophy, logic, and communication skills - especially beneficial for those preparing for youth ministry, college ministry, missions, pastoral and educational ministries. View catalog description.

Biblical Studies
Designed to equip persons for leadership roles in Christian ministries that require a special expertise in biblical studies and exegesis in the original languages. View catalog description.


Introduces students to basic areas of business and sound business practices. Students will be equipped to serve Christ in a variety of business contexts in North America and overseas. View catalog description.

Promotes an understanding of literature, trains students to think critically and write effectively, and encourages them to reflect on the central issues of the human condition—all from a Christian perspective. View catalog description.


Introduces students to the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and emphasizes the historical and contemporary methods for teaching ESL and other classroom practices. View catalog description.

Global Studies
Introduces students to the variety and complexity of cultures around the world as well as religions and alternative worldviews. View catalog description.

Acquaints students with a foundational knowledge of American and Christian history while enabling students to pursue further study of a topic of either particular or broad topics in human history. View catalog description.

Introduces students to the influential ideas of Western civilization, allowing students read great works of literature, history, philosophy, theology, and political theory and interact with them from a Christian perspective. View catalog description.

Justice and Social Ethics
Assists students in constructing a biblical framework through which to understand and evaluate how God's righteousness applies to ethical topics in contemporary society. View catalog description.

Introduces students to knowledge, principles, and practices central to missions in national and international contexts. In addition to courses related to missions, church planting, and anthropology, students are required to take an international mission trip. View catalog description.

Designed to allow the student to develop a strong foundation in the liberal arts and biblical and theological studies, as well as foundational musical knowledge and skills to serve the church in the areas of music and worship leadership. View catalog description.

Organizational Leadership
Equips the student with the abilities necessary to serve as effective organizational leaders, with a particular emphasis on church leadership, parachurch organizations, and denominational entities. View catalog description.

Pastoral Ministry
Designed to begin the formation of the student’s life for pastoral ministry and prepares students for further study at the graduate level. View catalog description.

Establishes students in the knowledge, skills, and formation central to the work of pastors in the local church and further prepares students for graduate level studies. View catalog description.

Combines scientific research with a biblical and theological foundation to help students gain an understanding of human development, behavior, mental illness, and basic theories in psychology. View catalog description.

Student Ministry
Trains student ministers to envision ministry as a partnership between church and family, with the goal of developing students into mature disciples of Christ while exposing them to evangelism, discipleship, counseling and communication. View catalog description.

Introduces the student to the study of God and man, Old and New Testament theology, as well as additional courses in selected doctrines, theologians, and eras. View catalog description.

Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication

Equips students with the productive crafts of writing and communication enabling the pursuit of vocations that require public discourse and expertise in writing and communication. View catalog description.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Post Office Box 1889
  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
Our Mission
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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