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School of Ministry

As part of the work of the Council on Ministry, a Center and School of Ministry exists to see to the training of Seventh Day Baptist pastors and leaders in the distinctive theology and practices of Seventh Day Baptists.  

In addition to certificate level programs in Seventh Day Baptist topics, the school conducts graduate level courses on a rotating three year cycle for participants in our educational programs.  Because these programs typically involve in-person class sessions in the summer, they are called Summer Institutes.  The three classes currently offered by the School of Ministry are:

  • Seventh Day Baptist History (to be held in 2018)
  • Seventh Day Baptist Polity (last held in 2016)
  • Sabbath Theology (being held in 2017)

Those interested in more information in the classes are invited to contact our Director of Education and History, Nick Kersten (, who also serves as the Dean of the School of Ministry.

The three Summer Institutes are also a part of Seventh Day Baptist University, a training program for SDB leaders.  In addition, successful completion of the Institutes is required for all Conference credentialing (accreditation for pastors; endorsement for chaplains, etc).

Registration for 2017’s Summer Institute on Sabbath Theology is now open.  SDB Pastors are invited to register for the class online, or to download the Registration Form which can be filled out and returned to the Dean at the SDB Center.  

The School of Ministry is affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools.