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SBTS trustees retain building names, address history, establish $5 million scholarship for African American students October 12, 2020
In their annual fall meeting, trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously voted not to remove the names of the school’s founders from several campus buildings, but embraced steps to lament the institution’s racial history and provide up to $5 million in scholarships for African American students over the next few years.
The Briefing celebrates 10th anniversary September 29, 2020
This month, The Briefing, Albert Mohler’s daily podcast, celebrated 10 years of analyzing daily events in the news from a Christian perspective.
The Briefing turned 10 on September 7 after more than 2,000 daily episodes. Ten years ago, Albert Mohler’s popular daily radio show, The Albert Mohler Program, ceased and the podcast began.
Andy Vincent marks 25 years of faithful service at SBTS September 24, 2020
When Andy Vincent and his wife, Valerie, moved to Louisville in 1990, they intended to be here long enough for both to complete master of divinity degrees. Then, like many seminary graduates, Andy would serve as a pastor or music minister in a local church somewhere else.
But God had other plans.
The 17th annual Heritage Golf Classic held August 24 at Big Spring Country Club raised more than $220,000 to help pay tuition for students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College.
Generous donors sponsored 108 golfers who played to raise money that is deposited directly into the Southern Fund and are deployed to underwrite the tuition costs of the students of Southern Seminary and Boyce College.
The 2020 fall semester is a precious gift from God, Mohler says in 2020 convocation address August 27, 2020
Why should seminary education remain a priority during a pandemic? Because difficult times don’t change the mission of institutions like Southern Seminary, but make it all the more urgent, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Tuesday morning, August 25, in fall 2020 convocation address for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Bookstore at Southern Seminary reopens for business this week and incoming students will be able to order textbooks through a new online partnership.
Two scholars are joining the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for the new academic year beginning in August. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced that Justin A. Irving and Stephen O. Presley will serve on the faculty in the areas of leadership and church history. Irving, who will serve as Professor of Leadership, has served for nearly twenty years in several academic and administrative capacities at Bethel Seminary, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Presley, who joins the faculty as Associate Professor of Church History, brings nearly a decade of academic experience and twenty years of pastoral experience to his new position at Southern Seminary.
Participating from 32 states and Canadian territories, more than 600 middle and high school students participated in Boyce College’s 2020 D3 conference, an annual event held this year as a virtual conference held June 22-25. The event gave students four days of focused, biblical teaching, encouraged a deepened relationship with Christ and community, and mobilized them for continued influence. For the last ten summers, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College have hosted the D3 Youth Conference as a major event for students in grades 6-12.
“D3 is a great event for students, and this year’s conference, in the midst of a pandemic, may have been even more important for young people,” said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “I was honored once again to speak to them, to teach from God’s Word, and to do a special ‘Ask Anything’ event with the students. They asked some of the best questions I have ever been asked. I am a big believer in Christian young people and in this conference.”
Southern Seminary announces three new online doctoral concentrations, including Applied Theology July 13, 2020
Continuing a long tradition of innovation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced three new online doctoral concentrations leading to the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry degrees. Beginning January 2021, these online concentrations are some of the first of their kind, as the Associate of Theological Schools, the academic body that oversees the Seminary’s accreditation, published its standards for online D.Min. and D.Ed.Min. programs only in the last few months.
Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler, Jr. explained, “The entire purpose of Southern Seminary’s doctoral program is to serve the church by offering pastors and other ministers the very highest level of education through programs that are most relevant for ministry and prepare the minister for a lifetime of faithfulness.”
Southern Seminary’s doctoral program, established in 1892, has produced thousands of graduates, who have led through scholarship, ministry, missionary service, and a myriad of ministry applications.
Matthew J. Hall, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration, noted the Seminary’s legacy of innovation in educational delivery, while maintaining a rigorous curriculum for the spiritual growth of Christian leaders.
“Southern Seminary has long been among the leaders of pioneering new doctoral programs in theological education and the expanded accessibility of our Doctor of Ministry program is yet another instance of this stewardship. I am so grateful that more pastors, ministers, and leaders will have access to this level of training with this extraordinary faculty. Southern Seminary’s commitment to the quality of these programs has always been evident. Now they are more accessible than ever, both in cost and delivery.”
Timothy Paul Jones, Vice President of Doctoral Studies, similarly considered the development of these new concentrations in the D.Min. and D.Ed.Min. programs a natural step in the Seminary’s aim to continue to help equip gospel servants.
“Since 1892, Southern Seminary has been the leading innovator among seminaries when it comes to doctoral programs. With these new fully online doctoral programs, we are continuing in this tradition.”
The courses will include both live and pre-recorded content. Live lectures will also be recorded for those students whose time zone precludes them from attending synchronous lectures. The three programs to be offered are Applied Theology, Christian Ministry, and Global Missions. The concentrations were developed out of recognition that leaving their local church or mission field was impractical for many pastors and missionaries. So, Jones noted, by providing online D.Min. and D.Ed.Min. opportunities, students do not have to make that difficult choice.
Jones also noted how this method of instruction affords students the closest opportunity of being in class with Southern’s faculty and students, while also being able to remain in their current ministry.
“Students will experience the same well-published faculty, the same rich content, and the same unapologetic commitment to the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture,” Jones said. “The only difference will be that the programs will be delivered online.”
“This initiative, combined with our recent tuition reduction in doctoral studies, has made a doctorate from Southern Seminary more accessible than ever.”
Through October 15, applications are now being accepted for the January 2021 cohort, with the next enrollment date being July 2021. Visit Southern Seminary Doctoral Studies for more information.
Learn more during our webinar
Join Dr. Matt Haste, Director of Professional Doctoral Studies, and members of the admissions team to learn more about our newly announced, fully online D.Min. and D.Ed.Min. programs on Wednesday, August 5th at 3 PM eastern.
“My husband and I both lost our jobs due to the pandemic and financial support from back home has also slowed down. While we are thankful for the support from our church family, the pantry has provided flour for baking bread, oil for frying, and cereal for my kids.”
For approximately 200 students per week, the Food Pantry at Southern Seminary has been a source of financial relief in the midst of a trying situation. Thanks in large part to the generosity of Southeast Christian Church’s basic needs distribution ministry, LifeBridge, the Southern Seminary community, and many other local churches, students were provided with essential goods.