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Gateway to offer all master's degrees onlineONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary will become the first Southern Baptist seminary to offer all its master's degrees completely online in the fall of 2019.
Approval to offer the final two degree programs online came from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) on Feb. 15.
"Having all of our master's degrees online means that more than ever before, Gateway students have optimum flexibility to hone their ministry skills as they expand God's Kingdom around the world," said Kristen Ferguson, Gateway's director of online education. "We couldn't be more thrilled to offer this flexibility to them." Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: Convocations at Gateway & SBTS
In today's From the Seminaries: In spring convocations, Gateway Seminary's Jeff Iorg cautions 'Who do you follow?' can be a divisive question; R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguishes God's "secret things" from "things revealed." Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: Gateway hosts first Jonathan Edwards conference; convocations at Southeastern & MidwesternGateway Seminary hosts its first Jonathan Edwards conference; David Platt addresses Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's convocation; Jason Allen announces faculty appointments at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's convocation.
Gateway hosts its first Jonathan Edwards conference
ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- The Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary hosted its inaugural conference Jan. 15-16 at the ... Read More
MLK taught as 'Christian hero' at SBC seminariesNASHVILLE (BP) -- When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California.
So Lawler gathered the association's 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service. When he stood to preach, Lawler harkened to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
"In the 'I Have a Dream' speech," Lawler recalled telling the Redwood Empire Baptist Association, "not only did [King] say, 'I have a dream. I have a dream.' He also said, 'with this faith'" repeatedly, "reminding us that it's not just a humanitarian effort" to effect racial reconciliation. "It's an effort based on the Gospel." Read More
'Everyday people' need the Gospel, Iorg tells gradsRIALTO, Calif. (BP) -- Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, challenged its 73 graduates during winter commencement to "take the Gospel to everyday people who are struggling with life."
The seminary granted degrees and certificates to students from 17 states and four countries during ceremonies at Sunrise Church in Rialto, Calif.
Iorg told the graduates that if Gateway had shaped them to make the Gospel real to those who are struggling in life every day, then the seminary had succeeded in its mission.
"The Gospel is good news, and it's supposed to produce joy," he said. "The Gospel when preached properly will first bring conviction but inevitably bring joy.
"If you share something that only brings condemnation and distress, then you have not shared the whole Gospel," he said. "I challenge you to share the Gospel as good news because you're sharing the redemptive power of Jesus Christ." Read More
TRUSTEES: Gateway sees 8.2% growth, remembers key votePORTLAND, Ore. (BP) -- Enrollment increased 8.2 percent during the fall 2018 semester at Gateway Seminary's new Southern California campus over the combined fall 2017 enrollment that included its former campus in Brea.
Gateway President Jeff Iorg relayed the enrollment news to trustees during their Oct. 8-9 meeting in Portland, Ore.
The Brea location closed in July 2018 and its academic operations were moved to the new main campus in Ontario, Calif., about 24 miles from Brea. Read More
EDUCATION DIGEST: Cumberlands to lower tuition by 57%; Iorg at convocation: 'The Gospel marches on'WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Tuition rates will be cut 57 percent at the University of the Cumberlands for the 2018-2019 academic year under a plan known as "The Cumberlands Commitment."
Tuition for on-campus undergraduate students will be reduced from $23,000 to $9,875 at the university affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
"We are making this change because we are committed to putting our students and families first by addressing the most significant hurdle to a college education -- affordability," Cumberlands President Larry L. Cockrum said. "We want all students to know that with Cumberlands there is a clear and affordable path to a college degree." Read More
Bible website garners billions of viewsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Celebrating their 25th anniversary today (August 1), Bible Gateway announced their website has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than 1 billion devices.
"To give some perspective to that astronomical statistic, one million seconds equal 11.5 days, one billion seconds equal 31.75 years, and one trillion seconds equal 31,709.8 years," said Rachel Barach, general manager of Bible Gateway.
"Our mission statement is 'To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible wherever they are.' What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that." Read More
Gateway takes final step in campus transitionBREA, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary's Southern California campus in Brea, Calif., officially closed July 27, in anticipation of moving academic operations to the seminary's new primary campus in Ontario, Calif.
The closing was marked with a ceremony attended by alumni, faculty and staff. It was the final step in Gateway transitioning its main campus from Mill Valley in Northern California to Ontario in Southern California. That move included a name change from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary to Gateway Seminary, as well as opening a new regional campus in Fremont that would continue the work the seminary began in the San Francisco area nearly 75 years ago.
The story of the Southern California campus began 45 years ago, when former trustee Guy Rutland Jr. from Georgia approached Harold Graves, then president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, to ask about offering seminary classes in the Los Angeles area. He had an idea that opening a satellite campus would aid the churches in Southern California. Read More
SBC seminaries: #MeToo is 'wakeup call for the church'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have "heightened the alert."
From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse, reemphasizing personal sexual morality and offering resources to those struggling with sexual sin.
Southeastern has "raised the flag and heightened the alert," Akin told Baptist Press, "given the cultural trends that we're now encountering, given the technological world in which we live" where moral failings often are widely publicized. Read More