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About Study Group Opportunities

Students may study Seminary Extension courses at home through correspondence. They may also study these same courses in groups with friends at a local center near where they live.

In fact, each year hundreds of individuals such as pastors, other church workers, and church volunteers seek to educate themselves for ministry and personal growth by studying Seminary Extension courses in a group setting. Centers can only be formed by religious ministry groups with the goal of offering locally sponsored programs of organized study that are designed to help Christians gain the understanding and skill needed for competent Christian ministry where they live. Before a center may order Seminary Extension materials, they must be certified by Seminary Extension. Certification lasts for five years. Historically, Baptist associations have established most of these group study centers. In fact, some associations have established multiple centers. Individual local Southern Baptist churches have also taken on the challenge of educating their members and other interested Southern Baptists in their area. Seminary Extension does not own or control these sites. However, sponsors approved by Seminary Extension must agree to operate their centers according to the following guidelines:

  • Centers affiliated with Seminary Extension must maintain the operating standards set forth by Seminary Extension
  • Centers must agree to use the course materials prepared and distributed by Seminary Extension
  • Centers must submit the appropriate course material fees, instructors' reports, and student information to Seminary Extension

Students enrolled in these centers have found that group learning experiences provide both encouragement and fellowship. Often students learn from each other as well as from their instructors. Regular class meetings require them to exercise a disciplined approach to their study.