Southern Evangelical Seminary Reflects on ‘Pivotal Year’

Southern Evangelical Seminary Reflects on ‘Pivotal Year’

SES President Dr. Richard Land: After the 2019 Death of Co-Founder Dr. Norman Geisler, ‘the Torch Has Been Passed to the Next Generation to Stay True to What Our Founders Began and Carry It on for Generations to Come’

December 30, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—As the pages of the 2019 calendar become fewer and fewer, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) is reflecting on what SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land is calling a “pivotal year.”

For 27 years, the seminary has equipped students, pastors, ministry leaders and parents to share the Gospel from an informed and rational biblical worldview, helping them know what they believe and why they believe it.

“This has been a pivotal year for SES, with its last co-founder, our beloved Dr. Norman Geisler, going home to be with the Lord on July 1,” Land said. “The torch has been passed to the next generation to stay true to what our founders began and carry it on for generations to come. We take that sacred calling very seriously.

“As I spend time with our students, I hear over and over again—particularly from those with older children—how they wish they had their SES education earlier in life,” he continued. “Learning how to impart a Christian worldview can be a game-changer in a time when the number of Gen Zers who don’t believe in God has doubled over the past decade and libraries are hosting drag queen story times for children. There has never been a time when SES has been more needed to confront the unprecedented onslaught of progressively anti-Christian values on the Christian faith.”

As this spiritual struggle intensifies, SES stands as a fortress of orthodoxy in a raging storm of moral and theological relativism, Land added. Now more than ever, the seminary aims to help mold students who are passionate for the Gospel into defenders of the faith, whether for the local church, at Christian schools, on the mission field or in the workplace. By providing integrated training in theology, philosophy and apologetics, SES is equipping its graduates to engage this post-Christian culture in their various ministry contexts.

For example, SES student Gordon remarked, “What I found so refreshing and unique about SES is that every class is practical. … Even every assignment, I can apply in my life.”

In 2019, Southern Evangelical Seminary experienced the following evidence of growth and worldwide impact:

  • 54% increase in new student applications year-over-year with modest gains in enrollment despite industry trends
  • 40% increase in year-over-year giving
  • 1,774 attendees at the 2019 SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics, with 33 states and eight countries outside the United States represented.

“In the midst of an increasingly hostile world, we feel called to renew our commitment ‘to train trainers, teach teachers, and disciple disciplers, so the cycle never ends,’ as Dr. Geisler so aptly put it,” Land said. “Our vision is global. About 300 students are currently enrolled in SES, most online and many serving overseas in places like Rwanda, Thailand, South Africa, Australia, Finland and the Philippines. We are utilizing live-streaming capabilities and other technologies to make Christian education accessible for thousands both here and around the world.”

Ben is one of those who is serving the Lord internationally.

“I would say that missions in Europe, at least on the European continent, is impossible without at least some understanding of apologetics,” he said.

SES believes that central to its purpose and mission is the provision of a biblical basis and an academic understanding for believers’ commitment to Christ. Therefore, SES provides an education where the Christian worldview is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living.

Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here.

For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.

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