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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.
Over the last 100 years, a cultural, moral, and political shift has taken place in Western society that has led to broad devaluing and rejection of Christian truth claims, both privately and in the public square. The place of Christian convictions within Western society has gradually eroded, and this erosion will have monumental effects on modern society.
Evidence for how this shift has reshaped and will continue to reshape society is available for all to see, if people will only look, argues R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his newest work, The Gathering Storm.
The book was released June 2 by Thomas Nelson, and is available at Amazon.com and major booksellers everywhere.
“In these graduates, we are seeing the word of the Lord speeding ahead,” says Mohler at Southern Seminary’s 225th commencement May 26, 2020
Graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “see the word of the Lord speed ahead of them,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, at the school’s 225th commencement exercise, May 15, 2020.
Due to restrictions on large gatherings, the commencement was live-streamed, with no graduates physically in attendance. The service has been live-streamed in the past, but the 225th commencement marks the first commencement at Southern Seminary where students watched exclusively online, rather than attending the ceremony in Alumni Chapel.
The Augustine Honors Collegium at Boyce College will be co-directed by Bryan Baise and Tyler Flatt, announced R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Augustine Honors Collegium is an interdisciplinary program that strives to produce graduates dedicated to the life of the mind, to serving the church, and to the common good.
“The Augustine Honors Collegium has quickly established itself as an integral component of Boyce College's academic programs, drawing an exceptional group of students from around the world,” said Matthew J. Hall, provost and senior vice president of academic administration at the Seminary. “I am so pleased that Drs. Baise and Flatt will be leading this program together. Both of them are Christian scholars of deep conviction and fidelity, as well as joyful and passionate teachers who are beloved by students. The future of the Collegium is brighter than ever with them leading it.”
Seminary Wives Institute prepares for fall 2020 May 8, 2020
For the first time in its 23 year history, classes went online for Seminary Wives Institute (SWI) in March, as residential students quickly adapted to the new format and distance students were invited to enroll as well. Students from five countries and 21 states took five different classes via live video feed for the six week term that completed the academic year. Sixteen students will graduate this month after completing the three year certificate program.
SWI plans to continue offering student wives the opportunity to prepare for the ministry to which God has called them, with the eager expectation to again meet on campus, if allowed by government authorities. If that is not possible in the fall, SWI has contingency plans to again meet live via video with a full slate of course offerings for the two fall terms starting August 20 and ending on November 12. Mary Mohler, Founder and Director of SWI, stated that plans are underway to eventually offer the entire program both on campus and online by way of both synchronous and asynchronous classes. The curriculum offers students the theologically sound and practically based teaching that is necessary to equip a pastor’s wife for gospel service.
The gospel grounds and shapes all of the pastor’s life and work, remind evangelical pastors at T4G April 27, 2020
The centrality of the gospel to the Christian life is a mark of evangelical Christian belief. It is all but a truism that evangelicals are gospel people. But, the gospel message that Jesus Christ died as a substitute for those who come to him by faith not only serves as the life-blood of the Christian life: the gospel shapes the pastor’s life, it grounds his ministry, and it provides the foundation and content of his ministry. Pastors are, as the theme for the 2020 Together for the Gospel conference states, “entrusted with the gospel.” The task to which ministers must give undivided focus is preaching and teaching the gospel, starting with believing it and living in light of it themselves.
Trustees of SBTS affirm strategic plan, pledging continued faithfulness in the midst of COVID-19 crisis. April 21, 2020
Meeting for the first time by digital technology, the Board of Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary held its annual Spring meeting on April 20 against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board marked complete attendance and conducted its business understanding the historic nature of the meeting, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Mohler presented a strategic report to the trustees that highlighted the institution's responsibility to lead faithfully amidst the COVID-19 crisis and that, in Mohler’s words, underlined the administration’s “absolute determination to continue Southern Seminary’s legacy and mission with excellence and faithfulness long into the future.”
In his report to the trustees, Mohler noted that the seminary has demonstrated leadership and tenacity during times of crisis, from its founding in 1859 until today, through the Civil War, two World Wars, the 1918 pandemic, and the Great Depression. “Since 1859, Southern Baptists have turned to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for pastors, missionaries, and other servants of Christ.” It will continue faithfully training church leaders through the crisis presented by the coronavirus, said Mohler.