A year of unprecedented blessing
One of my most important responsibilities is to report regularly on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thankfully, this is also one of the greatest privileges I experience as president of this institution. The past year has been one of unprecedented blessing for Southern Seminary. In part, the numbers tell the story. We are experiencing the largest enrollment in the institution’s history.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, there was a record non-duplicating headcount of 5,067 students — 3,546 in the seminary and 1,235 in Boyce College, the seminary’s undergraduate school (as well as 286 visiting students) — surpassing the previous record of 4,792 during the 2013-2014 academic year.
These enrollment numbers represent an incredible stewardship and a sign of God’s good pleasure. Further, we should remember just how significant these numbers are given enrollment challenges for higher education that are now being experienced across America, especially post-baccalaureate education.
Also, we should note that these numbers represent the largest number of students studying for the pastorate gathered at any one institution at any single time in the history of the Christian church. Above all else, this is cause for enormous thanksgiving for the blessings of God. We also thank God for the vitality of an institution, founded in 1859, that is experiencing such growth and momentum in the 21st century.
“We thank God for the vitality of an institution, founded in 1859, that is experiencing such growth and momentum in the 21st century.”
One of the most exciting developments in 2015 has been the launch of Southern Seminary’s Global Campus, which opens new doors as we seek to train, educate, and prepare the next generation of pastors, missionaries, church planters, and Christian leaders for service in the church and for the nations.
A number of other important events transpired over the course of this year. Ayman S. Ibrahim was appointed as the Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies. Southern Seminary also hosted a number of important conferences, summits, and lectureships, including the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors conference on Transgenderism and Homosexuality—the largest conference ever hosted at Southern Seminary.
The Lord has remarkably blessed SBTS over the past year and we have a responsibility to look closely at markers and milestones that help us understand the blessings of God and the stewardship required of us in these times. Please continue to pray with me that the ministry of Southern Seminary would be faithful to Scripture and to the Great Commission as we seek to prepare God-called ministers to preach the gospel in all of the nations of the earth.