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  • J.D. Greear at NOBTS: Mobilize 'ordinary people'

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Chandler McCall/NOBTS
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- God's plan for reaching the world involves raising up and sending out "ordinary people" in the power of the Holy Spirit, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 13.

    "The measure of success for any church ought not be its seating capacity" but "its sending capacity," Greear said during a chapel sermon drawn from Acts 7.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and church leaders emphasize the sending out of "ordinary people" as an essential aspect of the call to follow Jesus. As a result, the church has sent out 1,016 people to 248 Summit-sponsored church plants and to other ministries. Read More

  • Kelley: 'Baptist blues' sermon sought unity, not attack

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Chuck Kelley's New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary chapel sermon on "the Baptist blues" was not an attack against anyone in the Southern Baptist Convention, he told Baptist Press today (Aug. 29), but an attempt to foster unity by getting "conversation on the table."

    "If people are unaware of the simmering divisions in our convention, we're never going to be able to fix them," Kelley, New Orleans Seminary's president, said in an interview. "The reality is they are there. I think not talking" through "our feelings about the convention has made some of the divisions deeper." Read More

  • Mentoring initiative nurtures churches & seminarians

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, August 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Chandler McCall
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Noah Madden chose New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in part, due to the lostness in the city. After spending his formative years in Canada, Madden wanted to be involved in Gospel witness outside the Bible Belt.

    Madden planned to immerse himself in the city, study at NOBTS and apply the practical aspects of ministry in a local church setting.

    Through a unique residency initiative at Lakeshore Church, Madden not only ... Read More

  • Kelleys' 'Great Dakota Adventure' more than vacation

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The Dakota Badlands, a barren stretch of land once described as "a place with a long list of secrets," doesn't typically receive top billing as a vacation destination.

    But for Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his wife Rhonda, a trek across North and South Dakota is one they wished they had taken sooner.

    Taking their cue from the NOBTS centennial challenge to go on a mission trip this year, the Kelleys decided on a mission trip/vacation this summer, encouraging church planters with a listening ear alongside Chuck Kelley's goal to visit all 50 U.S. states. The trip allowed him to visit states 49 and 50.

    Dubbing it the "Great Dakota Adventure," the Kelleys set out to find and encourage church planters and their wives serving in out-of-the-way places. Over a meal at each stop, the Kelleys heard stories of blessing and God's faithfulness and of trial and difficulty as church planters told of what God is doing in the Dakotas. Read More

  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is 'wakeup call for the church'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

    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

  • Seminary luncheons: highlights & challenges

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Campus highlights and challenges were among the topics of June 13 luncheons for alumni and friends of Southern Baptist seminaries during the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas.

    Gateway

    DALLAS (BP) -- About 150 alumni and friends of Gateway Seminary gathered for their annual luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas June 13. Attendees heard reports about the seminary's progress ... Read More

  • SBC seminary presidents relay reports to messengers

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention's six seminaries reported on their 2017-2018 academic year to messengers June 13 at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Iorg reports Gateway Seminary 'at its best'

    By Kathie Chute

    DALLAS (BP) -- Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, reminded messengers that his past several reports have dealt with transition, moving the campus and a name change. Read More

  • NOBTS trustee committee adjusts for new technology

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- A technology advance of benefit to students and two faculty retirements garnered action from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustee executive committee June 5.

    NOLA2U, a synchronous online program allowing students full classroom participation from their home computers, prompted trustee approval for closing the graduate program at the Southwest Louisiana extension center in Lafayette, La. Read More

  • '100 Houses' evangelism effort in New Orleans

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Chandler McCall
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Don't tell seminary professor Preston Nix that door-to-door evangelism in New Orleans does not work. Time and again, he has found that loving Gospel conversations, even during door-to-door evangelism, can and do lead to decisions for Christ.

    "It does not work ... if you do not work it," said Nix, professor of evangelism and evangelistic preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. "But if you work it with a smile on your face, the love of Christ in your heart, and the Good News of the Gospel on your lips shared with kindness and conviction, you will be amazed at how many people will listen to you and respond to the message of the Gospel." Read More