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How to Become a SDBU Student:


1: Complete the Admission Application for SDBU Certificate Programs.

2: Submit the $50 application fee. (This will be invoiced to you after the submission of your application.)

3. After being admitted to SDBU, register for classes. Scroll down to view a list of current and upcoming SDBU classes.


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Spring 2024 Term Course Offerings

(January 15th, 2024 – June 30th, 2024)


SDBU 211: Biblical Preaching

Seventh Day Baptists value Biblical preaching. This course introduces the student to the tools and methods necessary for preparing, developing, and delivering biblically sound sermons. The student’s coursework will also provide tools to assess one’s ministry context. Finally, the course will culminate with writing and recording a sermon which will be evaluated by the instructor.

Prerequisites:  None

SDBU 230: New Testament Survey

This course is an introduction to the literature and content of the New Testament from the Gospels through Revelation.  Attention will be given to the cultural, geographic, political and historical backgrounds necessary to understand the text in its proper context.  An introduction to the archaeological and academic concerns around the New Testament texts will be given.  The form of the New Testament texts (genre, etc.) will also be considered.

Prerequisites:  (None, but SDBU 210 and 211 are recommended.)

SDBU 260: Introduction to Evangelism & Apologetics

This course is an introduction to the areas of evangelism and apologetics, with a view towards equipping those serving in ministry leadership roles with the basic tools necessary to share the gospel with confidence in a diverse and multi-cultural world, both inside and outside the church. Focus will be given to identifying the nature of the Gospel biblically, to specific strategies that can be used in the work of evangelism, and finally, to some basic tools leaders can use to defend the faith.


SDBU 280: Practical Ministry Skills

This course is designed to help church leaders learn some basic practical ministry skills so that they may begin or enhance their current ministry to their congregation. This creates healthy churches and leaders by giving them the practical skills and knowledge to lead through service to God and the congregation.

Prerequisites: None

SDBU 351: SDB History

The objective of this course is to obtain working knowledge of Seventh Day Baptist history which can be used in common ministry settings. This course will discuss SDB historical development within Christian history and the social-religious-political environment of England and America through the past four centuries, the significant facts of SDB history, deepen our insight into the distinctive characteristics of SDBs as developed throughout their history, discuss the resources available for the study and teaching of SDB history, gain an appreciation of the unique heritage of SDBs motivation to communicate with others and participation in the interpretation of history, building skills in evaluation of historical data and recognition of historical patterns.

SDBU 354: Sabbath Theology

This course is designed to develop a Biblical, historical, and cultural understanding of the Sabbath. In developing this understanding, we strengthen our belief and apologetic for one of the SDB core distinctives, a seventh-day Sabbath. This creates healthy churches and leaders by helping them identify more closely with their Creator, encouraging their regular rest and rhythms (including the weekly Sabbath), and encouraging excellence in the work we do the other six days a week.

Prerequisites: None