SBC Seminaries

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  1. Bible-boy

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    The six Southern Baptist Convention Seminaries are being blessed by God. Our students are impacting the world for the cause of Christ and God is being glorified as a result. Recently Dr. Paige Patterson addressed the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC). During his address Patterson said that the SBTC is his favorite convention because, “you are the people that set the pace that do it right with the CP [Cooperative Program] with the view of getting your arms around the whole world. It is my joy to tell you that things are going wonderfully well. Four of the six seminaries are now in the top 10 largest seminaries in America and all six are in the top 25. In other words, they are all growing. Thank you Texas Baptist, because you are making it possible. Through your prayers, and CP gifts you are making it possible."[1]

    Likewise, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees recently voted to approve construction of a new 59,000-square-foot student center. Additionally, a report issued at the board of trustees meeting, held October 14-15, 2002 confirmed that the enrollment for the fall 2002 semester at SEBTS increased by 3.8 percent.[2]

    Equally exciting news was delivered at the board of trustees meeting at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY on October 15, 2002. “The board, meeting in the new Rice-Judson Conference Center for the first time, listened as President R. Albert Mohler, Jr. detailed a handful of needs that have developed because of recent growth at the Louisville, KY seminary. One of those is parking, which has been limited this fall as enrollment has grown to more than 2,400 students. That figure includes more than 500 Boyce College students, an increase of 100 students over the previous year.”[3]

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) continues to break enrollment records. “For the second year in a row, New Orleans Seminary has enrolled more than 3,000 students, nearly doubling its size from 20 years ago. Most of the increase is in the number of students enrolled in on-campus programs, the president reported, with enrollment in the master of divinity program setting a new record with 1,000-plus students.”[4] NOBTS president Charles Kelley also indicated that more students enrolled in the summer semester than in the previous three summers combined.[5]

    Additionally, Golden Gate Baptist Theological seminary continues to flourish. During their October 6-8, 2002 meeting the seminary’s board of trustees heard reports that indicated that “the seminary finished its 2001-02 fiscal year in the black.”[6] Furthermore, the reports indicate: the Mill Valley campus has two new professors, an expanded Campus Life Association and a new women’s ministry coordinator; the Arizona regional campus has relocated to Scottsdale, AZ and added three new professors; the Pacific Northwest campus reported the addition of Saturday classes, a library expansion, and two new adjunct faculty; The Rocky Mountain campus has experienced a 70 percent increase in enrollment (compared to last fall), and has one new fulltime faculty member.[7]

    Finally, Midwestern Seminary reports increased enrollment, record donation, and campus expansion projects. The Midwestern trustees approved the implementation of a five-year $2 million capital campaign to pay for the 34,000-square-foot building and 24 acres of land that the seminary purchased this past spring. Additionally, the trustees approved the acceptance of a gift of the Covenant Baptist Church 25,000-square-foot building and 5 acres in down Kansas City.[8] Midwestern President Phil Roberts said of the estimated $2 million donation, “This is the single most valuable donation to Midwestern in our history.”[9] The trustees also heard reports that indicated that last year’s full-time enrollment at the seminary was up by seven percent, and that the student housing is more than 90 percent occupied.[10]

    Judging from the above reports one must conclude that the SBC is doing something right in its attempt to honor the Lord, defend the inerrancy of the Bible, and share the Gospel around the globe and that God is blessing his servants. To God be the Glory. Amen!

    [1]Paige Patterson quoted in “SBC entities express gratitude for generosity of SBTC churches,” by Melissa Deming, Southern Baptist Texan, November 15, 2002, page 11.

    [2]Kelly Davis, “New construction, Patterson’s 10th year highlighted Southeastern trustee meeting,” in Southern Baptist Texan, November 15, 2002, page 17.

    [3]Michael Foust, “Enrollment growth prompts changes at SBTS,” in Southern Baptist Texan, November 15, 2002, page 17.

    [4]Shannon Baker, “NOBTS trustees name building honoring SBTC support during uncertain times in Texas,” in Southern Baptist Texan, November 15, 2002, page 18.

    [5]Ibid.

    [6]Amanda Phifer, “Accreditation task force at work at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary,” in Southern Baptist Texan, November 15, 2002, page 19.

    [7]Ibid.

    [8]Stacy Hamby, “Midwestern Seminary trustees approve new theological journal, capital campaign,” in Southern Baptist Texan, November 15, 2002, page 19.

    [9]Ibid.

    [10]Ibid.

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    This is good! Six blessed seminaries--we have nothing to be ashamed of!!

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    Was it southeastern that Joshua was claiming for cbf on another thread?

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    Jon, I was just asking for it back.

    It's something of an inside "joke." The seminaries were the primary area of contention in the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention by fundamentalism. The SBC seminaries used to be places comparable in scholarship and theology to other mainline Protestant (i.e. Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal) seminaries. The fundamentalists didn't like that, and took them over - firing much of the faculty and greatly shifting the theology to the right.

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    BBII - if growth is a sign of right doctrine, does that mean the Mormon's are right on track?

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    Com'on, Joshua. We all know what he means. Don't play sour grapes over it!! He is simply praising God for the things being done in and through these six conservative seminaries.

    I, for one, NOT being SBC (thank you, Jesus) was very interested in the resurgence of these schools. Have some of my "boys" in Louisville and I am pleased with reports I hear.

    Numbers do NOT equate blessing. Except in my grandchildren! The MORE I have, the more BLESSING I have!! :D
     
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    Actually, the conservatives saw where the seminaries were going with their theology, and we wanted them back where they were before the liberal theology got in, so we got them back.

    Secondly, I do not know about the other seminaries, but at Southeastern, when Dr. Patterson became the president, I believe he did not fire anyone. Those who left, left on their own. So you can take that issue up with them.
    Not that their theology has been missed.
     
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    Joshua......thought you were joking but did not know the history to it.

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    I think Joshua's technically correct on this point.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm a student at SEBTS, and I'm very grateful for the conservative resurgence in the SBC. The rapid growth infuses SEBTS with an energy that's exciting.

    Nevertheless, I sense a strong pragmatic emphasis in the SBC that doesn't necessarily drive the theology, but certainly influences it. I've read it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears from individuals as prominent and diverse as Paige Patterson and Rick Warren.

    It's that pragmatism that scares me for the future, because it's a shifting sand and a distorting mirror.
     
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    Not at all. The Mormons do not bring honor and glory to God. They teach a false message. However, the conservative SBC seminaries do bring honor and glory to God because we stand for the inerrancy of the Bible, the truth of God's Word, and our students are out there sharing the Gospel everyday. I praise God for my faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who are so willing to take up their cross and follow the Lord wherever He may lead. Likewise, I praise God for all the ways that He has and continues to bless the SBC seminaries. That's the point of the original post.

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    Joshua,

    I was unaware that the SBC had been taken over by "fundamentalism". Perhaps you could explain what you mean by that?

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    Joshua,
    Your statement that conservatives engaged in
    is simply not accurate. Most of the faculty turnover was by the liberals leaving and going to other places or retiring because they lost their elite power control. In the people's reclaiming of Southern, I can only think of two faculty and one staffer who were dismissed due to insubordination. The rest either took other jobs or retired. The most notable firing came at Southwestern when Russell Dilday was dismissed.

    And let's not forget that when the liberals engaged in their takeover, they forced out anyone who dared question them.

    (side note: PM me your mailing address. I have some Craddock tapes I'd like to send you. These are the 3 lectures he gave at Carson-Newman).
     
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    How would you have responded if, when in the early stages of the liberal takeover, the seminaries had large enrollments? :D
     
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    Tom,

    I think the reality is a little more complex than that. In my experience, fundamentalists have been more than willing to take the credit for the huge faculty turnovers at the six SBC seminaries.

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    While some may be touting "running off the liberals," which may be true, at the end of the day most left because they chose to. There are still a few in the liberal ranks left at the seminaries, but most left of their own volition.
     
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    BTW, check your PM :D
     

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