SWORD Program

SWORD, which stands for Soul-Winning Outreach Discipleship, is a Bible Worker Certification Program that combines college-based classwork with practical training in literature evangelism, outreach, public evangelism, discipleship and church planting.

This program is available to ALL students from any department and to laypeople in both the Fall and Spring semesters.


Application Process

  1. Pray about it
  2. Apply at www.swau.edu/ 
    1. Deadline for Fall Semester: August 1, 2020
    2. Deadline for Spring Semester: January 15, 2021
  3. To submit your application, you will need:
    1. Application form
    2. 3 recommendations (pastor, church member, non-family) to Pastor Swoopes
    3. 2-page essay to Pastor Swoopes with the following 4 elements:
      1. Your conversion story
        1. A conversion story is the reason or situation that helped you decide to be baptized or the events around your personal decision to follow Jesus.
      2. Your current involvement in ministry
      3. Your goals in relation to this program
      4. If your ZIP code were the very last one in the world to be reached for Jesus, what would you do?
  4. Contact Pastor Tony Correa to arrange outreach activity (labs).


This program is tailored toward any student, church member or any professional who is looking for personal evangelistic training. The emphasis is on how to bring people to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. There will be hands-on training that gives an opportunity to each participant to experience the great commission of Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”


  • Bible Worker
  • Missionary

The SWORD program is here for
students as a complement to their
area of study. No matter which major
and career a student chooses, this
program will help them in 
their ministry.

Students, dressed in dresses and button-ups,  gather in the sanctuary stand to sing praise songs

Course Requirements  
Item #TitleCredits
RELT 101Christian Beliefs3
RELB 211Life and Teachings of Jesus3
RELP 220Christian Witnessing3
RELH 230History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church3
RELP 285Church Ministry3
 Sub-Total Credits15


Faculty Profiles

Jorge Rico, PhD

Department of Religion
Professor and Department Chair

Joaquim Azevedo, PhD

Department of Religion

Michael Campbell, PhD

Department of Religion