Theological Education

Hundreds of groups offer training for ministers, but only a few provide accredited degree programs. Training for ministers is offered at various locations and levels depending on your academic background and goals in ministry preparation.


Bill Tillman

Director, Theological Education


(214) 828-5280

LaDonna Renfro

Administrative Specialist, Theological Education


(214) 828-5280

Financial Assistance for Ministry Students

In recognition of the divine call felt by those who minister, the churches of the BGCT provide financial assistance to Baptist students in Texas Baptist schools who are preparing for careers in church ministry. Various levels of assistance are available to students enrolled in accredited certificate, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs that have been endorsed by the convention. Application for all BGCT financial assistance is made directly through the financial aid office of affiliated BGCT universities and seminaries.

Mary Hill Davis Ethnic | Minority Scholarship Program

Texas Baptists are concerned about higher education in a Christian atmosphere. A dramatic expression of this concern is the Mary Hill Davis Ethnic | Minority Scholarship Program, which provides grants to help worthy, capable young people from ethnic/minority cultures receive a Christian education. Learn more…

Academic Degree Plans from BGCT Universities and Seminaries

The universities and seminaries related to the Baptist General Convention of Texas offer a wide range of degree plans for persons interested in obtaining a ministry degree. Individual needs differ, so our schools have worked to offer a variety of degrees to meet your specific needs. Schools not only offer degrees at three academic levels, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, but also offer degrees for ministers with differing subject specialization and vocational needs.

Non-accredited Ministry Training Programs

Some ministers find that non-accredited ministry training is the best option for them at this time in their ministry. A large variety of non-accredited programs operated in cooperation with BGCT seminaries and universities, and some are in other languages besides English. They are located all over the state and offer excellent training experiences in a disciplined environment. We can help you find the program that is closest to you and that best meets your needs.

Baptists: History, Distinctives, Relationships Notebook

This loose-leaf book will help you learn about Baptist history, doctrines and practices unique to Baptists, and how Baptists relate to one another locally and globally. A teaching guide is included for use in various teaching settings. The book is available in both print and downloadable formats. The printed format may be purchased with or without a deluxe binder and the downloadable format is available at no cost. Click below to download the English or Spanish edition now. To order the print edition at $12.00 per copy ($16 with Deluxe Binder) email .

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