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.
“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.”
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. In the course of the last 12 months, Southern Seminary has had over 5,000 students enrolled. I am deeply humbled by the magnitude of that number and the fact that our student body 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. Additionally, Boyce College continues to experience record enrollment, now with 1,200 students studying for ministry in our undergraduate programs. 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.
One of the most exciting developments in 2016 has been the further development of our Hispanic program. The Lord has opened an incredible door for Southern Seminary to minister all over the globe, but Southern Seminary now has even greater opportunity to make significant inroads into the Hispanic world. As part of the Hispanic Initiatives, we have been able to hire two Latino faculty members and we also now offer an entire online Master of Divinity program in Spanish.
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.