About The Equip Network
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary believes that some theological education is best done in partnership with the local church. As part of the Distance Learning office, The Equip Network empowers churches and ministry organizations to offer accredited and accessible courses to students at the highest level of theological training. The Equip Network weds the seminary experience with real life ministry opportunities to provide students with the most integrative ministry training available. Students can fulfill their remaining degree requirements through our integrative online, hybrid and/or campus-based classes.
The Equip Network desires to resource you to accomplish your vision for equipping leaders to serve Christ’s church and fulfill His Great Commission. To this end, we encourage Equip Leaders not to limit their mentorships only to credit-seeking students, but to design their courses to allow non-credit seeking individuals to participate. Equip courses enable ministry leaders to provide theological training to credit seeking students as well as non-credit seeking staff, deacons, small group leaders, and lay people. Ministry leaders have the opportunity to add theological and practical depth to their discipleship ministries in order to multiply robust disciples of Jesus who seek to maximize their role in the Great Commission.
Students Can Earn Up To 36 Credit Hours
- Equip courses can be offered every Spring, Summer, and Fall semester and are available on both the graduate as well as the undergraduate levels. Follow this link for undergraduate Equip course listings.
- Equip courses can be taken under nearly every degree program. That being said, the two degrees below provide the greatest opportunity for incorporating a large number of Equip courses:
- MDiv in Christian Ministry (up to 36 hours)
- MA Christian Ministry [Mentored] (up to 24 hours).
Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund
Students who meet the degree and residency requirements may also be eligible for a Keesee grant towards their tuition if they are enrolled in Equip courses! Click here to find out more about the Keesee Educational Fund and see if you qualify.
We’ve had CPAs and engineers who weren’t able to go to Southeastern but wanted more Bible training, and they were able to find that through the Equip network.
Equip Network Partner
What courses can I take through Equip?
These are the courses we offer through our Equip partnership. Syllabi are linked for each course.
Meet our Team
A native Texan, Beau is married to Sarah and has three children. He earned his PhD in Biblical Studies (emphasis in Theology) and ThM in Pedagogy from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, his MDiv from SEBTS, and his BA in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University. Before joining SEBTS as the Director of Distance Learning, Beau served as a Teaching Pastor at a church in the North Dallas area for nearly a decade. His heartbeat is to help bridge the gap between the local church and the seminary by making theological education accessible and contextual.
Bradley Eaves joined the Equip Network team as Associate Director in the Summer of 2023, having served at Southeastern in other roles since 2018. He is passionate about the intersection of theological education and the local church and seeing students trained theologically within the context of the ministries they serve. He earned his MDiv in Christian Ministries in 2021 and is currently in pursuit of a PhD in Systematic Theology. He originally hails from the great state of Mississippi. He’s been married to his sweet bride, Frances, since August of 2011, and they have two daughters.
Colleen Hall began serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Equip Network in the spring of 2020. Before coming to Southeastern, she served a two-year Journeyman term in Southeast Asia. Colleen is a member of North Wake Church and is currently pursuing a Masters of Intercultural Studies at Southeastern to learn to better serve in an international context.
Equip Network Coordinator
Sarah moved to Wake Forest in January of 2022 to study at SEBTS. During her time here, God has confirmed her passion for theological education in the context of the local church. As a result, Sarah is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Christian Education in order to better partner with churches in discipleship and leader development. She is eager to serve churches and help equip them with the resources they need to develop healthy ministry leaders and disciples!