An Invitation to Study Preaching at Southeastern

July 7, 2011 by Bruce Ashford

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At the heart of the pastor’s task is the proclamation of the Word of God to the people of God. We are called to be ready to preach, in season and out of season (2 Tim 4:2) because human proclamation is God’s ordained means to making known the gospel of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist preached repentance to prepare for the coming Messiah, Jesus (Mk 1:4-8). Jesus came preaching the “gospel of God” (Mk 1:15). This gospel is the declaration that Jesus-the only name in whom there is salvation (Acts 4:12)-is the Messiah and Lord, and it was this declaration that Peter, Paul, and the early church heralded in Acts. In light of Jesus’ identity as Messiah and Judge, and the divine origin of Scripture, Paul charged Timothy to proclaim the Scriptures in all circumstances, in order to defeat false teaching and to protect the church of God (2 Tim 3:14-4:5). In sum, preaching is vital to the mission and health of the church.

For this reason, Southeastern has worked to build a faculty that will prepare our students to preach the gospel both faithfully and meaningfully. By faithfully, we mean that one will be prepared to expound the Christian Scriptures accurately. By meaningfully, we mean that one will be prepared to communicate it in such a way that the audience understands it in the way the biblical author intended and with an application that fits the particular social and cultural contexts of the hearers.

In this installment, we will give a brief overview of the preaching faculty at Southeastern, followed by an invitation to study preaching at the undergrad, grad, and post-grad levels.

Danny Akin is the President of SEBTS and Professor of Preaching. He is the author of the commentary 1, 2, 3 John (NAC), co-author of Engaging Exposition, and co-editor of Text-Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon. He has pastored churches in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Virginia, and he brings this pastoral experience to bear in the classroom, where he teaches Hermeneutics, Bible Exposition, Sermon Delivery (M.Div.), Expository Preaching and Theoretical & Foundational Issues in Expository Preaching (D.Min.), and the PhD Seminar in Expository Preaching.

Wayne McDill is Senior Professor of Preaching at SEBTS. He is the author of several books, including The Moment of Truth and The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching, both of which have served as textbooks for preaching courses in numerous seminaries. The 12 Essential Skills has been translated into Spanish and Romanian. In more than forty years of ministry, he has pastored several churches, served as an SBC staffer for evangelism and church growth, and taught at the college and seminary level. He has been at SEBTS since 1989.

Greg Heisler is Associate Professor of Preaching and Speech at SEBTS. He is the author of Spirit-Led Preaching: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Sermon Preparation and Delivery (named Book of the Year by Preaching Magazine) and teaches Bible Exposition, Sermon Delivery, The Pastor and the Preaching Ministry, Women & Communication (M.Div); Practical & Strategic Issues in Expository Preaching (D.Min.); and serves as a major professor to PhD students in Expository Preaching.

Tony Merida is a new member of SEBTS’s faculty, coming to Wake Forest from New Orleans to serve as Associate Professor of Preaching. He is the author of Faithful Preaching: Declaring Scripture with Responsibility, Passion, and Authenticity (B&H) and Orphanology (New Hope Publishers). Before coming to SEBTS, Merida served as Dean of the Chapel and Assistant Professor of Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and later as Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He brings a wealth of preaching and pastoral experience to the faculty.

Bill Curtis is Adjunct Professor of Preaching for SEBTS, teaching courses in expository preaching (M.Div.) and is Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Florence, South Carolina. He is the co-author, with Danny Akin and Stephen Rummage, of Engaging Exposition.

Southeastern offers several degrees with an emphasis in the kind of faithful preaching these men seek to teach and practice. The B.A. Christian Studies with a minor in Preaching introduces undergraduate students to the knowledge and skills central to the work of pastors, particularly in the area of preaching. The M.Div. with Expository Preaching prepares students for pastoral ministry in the local church with a special emphasis on preaching by focusing elective courses in preaching. The D.Min. with Expository Preaching combines the emphasis on preaching with the cohort model, so that colleagues in this area take seminars in preaching over a five-day period. The D.Min. student then seeks to apply what is learned in these seminars through the Contextualized Learning Experience, preaching in their church setting. Finally, the Ph.D. in Applied Theology with an emphasis in Preaching prepares students to teach preaching to college or seminary students, and to write about the kind of faithful preaching taught here.

We invite you to come study with our preaching faculty in the B. A., M.Div., D.Min., or Ph.D. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website (http://www.sebts.edu/) and check out the Admissions and Academics links.

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4 Responses to “An Invitation to Study Preaching at Southeastern”

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  2. I hold a D.Min in Preaching from SEBTS and studied under many of the Profs mentioned in this article. Let me just say that my studies at SEBTS are of extreme value to me as I preach and prepare sermons every week. The training I received was incredible and has brought much fruit into my ministry as a result. If you are looking for a place to study preaching, SEBTS is a great place.

  3. Scott, you are spot on. These guys are great teachers and practitioners.

  4. Daniel Palmer says:

    It should be noted that Dr. Heisler also holds the Johnny Hunt Chair of Biblical Preaching.

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