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BMA Seminary?

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by labaptist, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. labaptist

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    I was talking with the director of my local county SBC association. He is getting his Master's from BMA Seminary in Jacksonville, TX and was suggesting it to me. It would be cheaper to do online than one of the SBC seminaries since they charge close to a $300 internet fee per class. I'm just wondering how SBC churches would react to seeing a "Landmark" seminary on an applicants resume?
     
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    If I saw the Baptist Missionary Alliance Seminary on a candidate's application, I would likely move on. Too much baggage that we aren't fond of at the church where I serve.
     
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    There is such a wide diversity of both doctrine/practice within BMA that as an Independent/Reformed Baptist State Mission Director, I would not pause to look any further before filing it in the circular file.

    Sad reality.
     
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    Don't let cost be the main deciding factor in choosing a seminary.
     
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    There is indeed a wide variety of theological beliefs within the Baptist Missionary Association. However there is just as wide of theological beliefs within the Southern Baptist Convention or within independent Baptists.

    I would say the only people who would react negatively to seeing the BMA Seminary on your resume would be those who are ultra-strong SBC loyalists or people who are strongly anti-landmark.

    Being that the Southern Baptists of Texas have formed a partnership with the BMA seminary also goes a long way to dispelling any negative responses. If I graduated from that seminary and was a Southern Baptist pastor, I would put an asterisk on my resume that said the seminary was approved by the SBTC.

    Lastly, it is my understanding the BMA seminary has hired some Southern Baptist professors to teach there and has had several Southern Baptists to guest lecture there.

    When you factor in the lower cost I can easily understand why your DOM is getting his degree there.
     
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    Hello dear brother,

    I would add to the discussion just this, and I have played in the SBC sandbox for many a year; to have that degree from that seminary would be highly thought of in some geographic areas of SBC life. In other areas, not so much. An example might be western Kentucky for instance. They still have some landmark churches and the degree could possibly get you a church ministry. But in other portions of the world, it would be like anything else; whoever is doing the hiring would be the one whom you would want to please. Go figure!

    My two cents worth.

    rd
     
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