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 — heading toward 5,000 students in our total enrollment. Most importantly, this includes 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.
This report is more than a compilation of data — it is an important feature of our stewardship. While the life, work, and mission of Southern Seminary can never be reduced to any report or statistical analysis, we do recognize that there is a responsibility for us to look closely at markers and milestones that help us understand the blessings of God and the stewardship required of us in these times. I hope you will take the opportunity to look closely at this report. I believe you will be incredibly encouraged as you see what is happening on Southern’s campus in Louisville and, by extension, what is now reaching around the globe.
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.
I hope you will also consider this report an invitation. We invite you to visit the Louisville campus and gain what can only come by seeing the amazing work of God taking place in and through Southern Seminary. This report looks back not only to the last year but to over 150 years of Southern Seminary’s life and ministry. Even more urgently, it looks ahead, focusing with hope as we anticipate what God will do through Southern Seminary and its graduates in years to come.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.