FROM THE SEMINARIES: SBTS adds online doctoral concentrations; SEBTS partners with Fruitland
By Forrest Strickland
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Beginning January 2021, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will add three fully online concentrations to its Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry programs. These online concentrations are some of the first of their kind, as the Association 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.
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," Hall said, "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."
Southeastern partners with Fruitland to offer degree in pastoral ministry
By SEBTS Staff
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fruitland Baptist Bible College are partnering in an effort to more effectively train the next generation of leaders.
Beginning in the fall of 2020, Fruitland, a college in Hendersonville, N.C., affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, graduates can also earn 46 hours toward a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral ministry from The College at Southeastern. Nearly half of western North Carolina's pastors have graduated with an associate's from Fruitland. making this partnership invaluable by providing more extensive theological training to those called to pastoral ministry.
"Southeastern Seminary has enjoyed a long and blessed relationship with Fruitland Baptist Bible College. Almost all of their administration are graduates of SEBTS, as are a number of faculty," said SEBTS President Danny Akin. "Further, we share common commitments to the inerrancy of the Bible, expository preaching, personal evangelism and the Great Commission. We each love our Baptist heritage and are excited about what God is doing now and will do in the future. This partnership is the natural outcome of all these common commitments and convictions. Great days, I believe, are ahead of us."