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GOSPEL STEWARDSHIP A CALL TO INVEST IN THE N E X T G E N E R AT I O N O F G O S P E L M I N I S T E R S
We look to the future with anticipation that the Lord will continue to call pastors, missionaries, and assorted gospel ministers for kingdom service. Southern Seminary stands ready to receive them, train them, and deploy them for faithful ministry. R. ALBERT MOHLER JR.
A CALL TO GOSPEL STEWARDSHIP Dear friends, God has entrusted Southern Seminary with a sacred stewardship. This stewardship extends to more than 4,000 current students who will serve the church and engage mission fields for generations to come. We look to the future with anticipation that the Lord will continue to call pastors, missionaries, and assorted gospel ministers for kingdom service. Southern Seminary stands ready to receive them, train them, and deploy them for faithful ministry. Indeed, so many in this generation are answering the call to ministry. Given the size of our enrollment and the faithfulness with which these men and women are undertaking their studies and pursuing Godâ€™s call, this campus contains enormous gospel momentum and ministry potential.
The question is not whether or not God will call out his servants. The question is: Will we prove faithful to train and support those whom the Lord has called? One individual can make a difference to our students, and that individual might be you. I ask you to join me in furthering this mission and enabling Southern Seminary to maximally train â€“ in both quantity and quality â€“ those whom the Lord is calling to ministry. It is more important than ever for us to stand with the students of Southern Seminary. Will you join me in supporting those training for ministry by investing in Southern Seminary today? We covet your prayers, cherish your friendship, and appreciate your financial contributions.
Sincerely, R. Albert Mohler Jr., president
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A CALL TO GOSPEL STEWARDSHIP
HISTORY OF SOUTHERN SEMINARY
Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is
GOSPEL NEED IN TODAY’S WORLD
MEETING THE NEED
STUDENTS AND ALUMNI PROFILES
ANNUAL FUND AND TUITION COST
SOUTHERN SEMINARY FOUNDATION
• To be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God, • To the Great Commission as our mandate, • And to be a servant of the church by training, educating, and preparing ministers of the gospel for more faithful service.
MINISTRY PARTNER PROFILES
“Southern Seminary’s faithfulness is demonstrated in the fact that the students who come here leave with an ever-greater passion for the gospel. They leave with even deeper foundations in the faith, and they leave with an even greater sense of calling to go out into the world.” - R. Albert Mohler Jr.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” JIM ELLIOT
From the poverty of the Reconstruction South to the struggle against theological liberalism, Southern has always depended on God’s provision through the sacrifices
1859 The first session of the seminary opened at Greenville, South Carolina, with 26 students and four professors.
The seminary was closed, until October 1865, due to the Civil War.
The seminary moved to its present campus, “The Beeches.”
1877 Opening of the seminary’s first session in Louisville, Kentucky.
1861-1865 CIVIL WAR
of faithful men and women whom God has called to invest in our students and our mission.
Southern is the oldest of the six seminaries affiliated with the SBC.
To the other founders during a financial crisis: “Suppose we quietly agree that the seminary may die, but we shall die first!”
1929 GREAT DEPRESSION
The seminary moved from rented buildings to its own property at Fifth and Broadway in downtown Louisville. James P. Boyce was named president. He had served since 1859 as “Chairman of the Faculty.”
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Duke K. McCall elected seventh president.
Trustees approve Master Plan.
Mullins Complex renovations completed.
1982 Roy L. Honeycutt elected eighth president.
All 50 states and 41 countries are represented in the SBTS student body.
James P. Boyce Centennial Library dedicated.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. elected ninth president.
T O D AY Southern is one of the worldâ€™s largest theological seminaries, with a total enrollment of more than 4,000 students.
GOSPEL NEED IN TODAYâ€™S WORLD
Beset by the fall, confusion and corruption have seized our culture. The need is great as ever for well-trained gospel ministers to bring the light of Christ to a lost and dying world.
This photo was taken by a Southern student serving with a short-term team to Brazil. The Bevin Center sends teams around the globe to proclaim the gospel.
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More than 2.2 billion people live in countries where religious liberties are declining.
More than half of Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.
people groups have less than 2% evangelical Christians.
1/5 One-fifth of the U.S. public â€” and a third of adults under 30 â€” are religiously unaffiliated today.
57% Percentage of the world population who live in people groups with less than 2% Evangelical Christians
Number of people who live in a people group with no gospel witness.
MEETING THE NEED AT HOME AND ABROAD
Southern Seminary is defined by its mission of training the next generation of gospel ministers for faithful service. The impact of our graduates can be felt around the world. Meet some of the students and alumni who are changing the world through faithful gospel service.
JASON MEYER* M.Div. 2002; Ph.D., 2007; Pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
PATRICK SCHREINER M.Div., 2011; Ph.D., 2014; Instructor of New Testament at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon
JAMAAL WILLIAMS* M.A., 2014; Ed.D. student; Lead pastor of vision and preaching at Forest Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky
JIMMY SCROGGINS M.Div., 1996; Ph.D., 2003; Lead pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, Florida
CHRISTOPHER AND CAROL SILLS *Students profiles for select students on following page.
M.Div., 2010 (Christopher) and M.A., 2010 (Carol); Missionaries with Reaching and Teaching Intâ€™l Ministries, Ecuador
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“God does not prosper a man’s business so that he can move from a Ford to a Cadillac. God prospers a business so that unreached people groups can be reached with the gospel.”
W AND R M.Div., 2007 (W), M.Div., 2007 (R); Culture and language strategist for the NAME Affinity, Western Europe
N.D. LAMA Current M.A. student; plans to plant churches among Buddhist tribes, Nepal
JOHN FOLMAR* M.Div., 2003; Pastor of United Christian Church of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
AUBREY SEQUIERA* M.Div., 2013; current Ph.D. student; plans to return to home country to start a seminary, India
M.Div., 2006; current Ph.D. student; returning to offer theological education to African leaders, Kenya, Africa
MATSIL, 2013; serving as an IMB missionary, Southeast Asia
ANSWERING THE CALL
Here is a small sampling of Southern students. Southern recently had its largest enrollment in its more than 150-year history. Numerous graduates and current students are ministering the gospel all over the world. JAMAAL WILLIAMS
Meyer received his M.Div. from Southern and earned his Ph.D. in New Testament under the supervision of Thomas R. Schreiner. He is the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding John Piper. He is also an associate professor of New
Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Meyer has previously served as a professor of New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College, and taught New Testament for a semester in Ethiopia. He and his wife Cara have been married for 15 years and have four children.
Williams is pursuing his Ed.D. at the Billy Graham School in Black Church Leadership while leading the congregation of Forest Baptist Church. A husband and father of three, Williams says he seeks to model servant leadership in African American churches and equip congregations for the work of ministry. “Southern has prepared me for the pastorate by exposing me to more men who model passages like Ezra 7:10 and 1Timothy 3:1-8. Southern also models what Dr. Mohler calls ‘convictional leadership’ and what Dr. Moore calls ‘convictional kindness,’ both of which are crucial for the pastorate. Seminary sharpens, shapes, and stretches what you believe so that when God sends you out in your ministry context, you have something worthwhile to say.” SBTS INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT
“If God has called you to preach, then you know, he’s called you to prepare.” R. ALBERT MOHLER JR.
John and his wife Keri moved from Washington D.C. in 2005 to serve as the senior pastor of United Christian Church of Dubai. After graduating from Southern Seminary, John served on the staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., for several years before being called to serve in Dubai. John and Keri have three children: Ruth, Chloe, and Andrew.
Raised in small Islamic community in Kenya, Juma first heard the gospel from a missionary in Nairobi when he was 15. He was discipled by that same missionary, and then pastored the same church where he was saved. After accepting Christ, Juma pastored in Nairobi for 10 years before moving to the United States to study at Southern. He returns to Africa each summer, and works in 13 different countries in the continent to do leadership training and open-
air evangelism. While in the States, Juma recruits and raises missions awareness in local churches. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Billy Graham School and plans to return to Africa and offer theological education. Southern’s commitment to theology and missions drew him to the seminary, and his decision to pursue a doctorate was motivated by the strong leadership among the faculty.
Aubrey grew up in Southern India and came to Christ through the witness of a missionary who taught him to read the Bible. He graduated from Southern with his M.Div. and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Theology under Thomas R. Schreiner. He lives in Louisville with his wife Nishika and his two daughters. He plans to return to India to plant a church in an urban center and to start a theological training center to equip Indian pastors and church planters.
SOUTHERN GRADUATES BY THE NUMBERS*
91% Students who left Seminary with less than $10,000 of education debt incurred at Southern
Every year Southern sends hundreds of gospel ministers out into the churches and mission fields of the world. We pray that God would raise up a group of people who would come alongside our students and help bear their financial burden so they can focus on doctrine, not debt.
Seminary graduates with 1-3 kids
The number of students who graduate from Southern each year
Median age of seminary M.Div. graduates
80% Students who plan to enter full-time Christian ministry upon graduation
20 hours a week More than 80% of students worked at least part-time during their seminary careers
Seminary graduates with 4+ kids
*Numbers reflect survey results based on a 20% sample size of graduates from the 2013-2014 academic year.
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“God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.” RANDY ALCORN
“God has given us two hands – one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” BILLY GRAHAM
Timothy Paul Jones leads Southern and the evangelical community in cultivating sound, biblical family ministry practices. Heâ€™s also the C. Edward Gheens professor of Christian family ministry.
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WORLDCLASS SCHOLARS FOR AN EMERGING GENERATION OF GOSPELMINISTERS Our faculty is uniquely equipped to train the next generation of Christian leaders for ministry in a world increasingly hostile to biblical truth.
DONALD S. WHITNEY
Donald S. Whitney has been a member of the Southern Seminary faculty since 2005.Â He is currently professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean of the School of Theology. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality, and prior to his time at Southern, he taught at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for 10 years. Whitney also pastored Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, for almost 15 years and has served local churches in pastoral ministry for 24 years. Aside from being a popular conference speaker, he has authored six books, including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.
THOMAS R. SCHREINER
Thomas R. Schreiner joined the Southern Seminary faculty in 1997. He is currently the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and professor of biblical theology as well as the associate dean of the School of Theology. Schreiner came to Southern after serving on the faculty for 11 years at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Schreiner is a world-renowned New Testament scholar and is the author and editor of many books including, Interpreting the Pauline Epistles; The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law; The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; commentaries on Romans, 1 & 2 Peter and Titus; The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments; and many more.
Jarvis Williams is one of the most recent additions to the Southern Seminary faculty, becoming the associate professor of New Testament interpretation in 2013. Although Williams is new to the faculty, he is not new to Southern. Williams currently holds four degrees from Southern Seminary. He most recently completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2007. Prior to teaching at Southern, Williams served as professor of New Testament and Greek from 2008-2013 at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Williams is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences around the country. He was a keynote speaker of the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2012 and, most recently, the featured speaker at Bethlehem Baptist Church’s annual racial harmony weekend in Minneapolis.
BRUCE A. WARE
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Bruce A. Ware has been professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary since 1998. Ware is a highly-esteemed theologian and author in the evangelical world. He came to Southern Seminary from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he served as chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Prior to this, he taught at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, including: God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism; God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance; Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God; and The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ.
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Many faculty members at Southern Seminary are published authors and leading thinkers in their fields. The seminary offers students the oppor-
tunity to study under the men who are shaping todayâ€™s evangelical landscape.
How does the Annual Fund help equip future gospel ministers?
Q&A Q. What is the Annual Fund?
Q. Where does all the Annual Fund money go?
A. The Annual Fund was established to ease the financial burden students have to bear by offsetting the overall operating costs of the institution.
A. The Annual Fund money is used to cover Southernâ€™s annual operating expenses. It keeps the lights on, the water running, and our professors teaching. It is critical to the mission of the seminary.
Q. How does the money given to the Annual Fund actually help students? A. Every dollar given to Southern Seminaryâ€™s Annual Fund is a dollar that a student will not pay in tuition and fees.
Q. What if I would rather give to a specific ministry or school of Southern? A. You can absolutely give money directly to a specific ministry or school within Southern. However, this places restrictions on how we can use that money and does not allow Southern the freedom to use that money where it is needed most.
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“There are many hearing me who now know well that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally, not grudging at all, requires a new heart.” ROBERT MURRAY MCCHEYNE (1813-43), SCOTTISH PASTOR
“I was once young and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God’s failure to supply my need when first I had given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.” WILLIAM CAREY (1761-1834), BAPTIST MISSIONARY TO INDIA
A group of people whom God has called to stand alongside our students as they prepare for gospel ministry.
For many students, the decision to train for ministry at Southern Seminary is also a decision to leave behind financial stability. This is a necessary sacrifice as they seek to fulfill Godâ€™s call in their lives. Many years ago, a group of people came alongside the Seminary with the goal of supporting its mission and students. These people are known as the Southern Seminary Foundation Associates.
The role of the Southern Seminary Foundation Associate is to help support the students and mission of the seminary by
PRAYING regularly for the seminary. We will provide you with periodic updates to keep you informed about what God is doing at Southern. TELLING others about Southern and what God is doing on our campus for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ. The task is large and we need more people to stand with students. GIVING at least $1,000 a year to the Annual Fund, which helps future Christian leaders train for ministry at Southern.
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PARTNERS IN MINISTRY PAUL AND MICHELLE
MARVIN AND NANCY
Paul graduated from Mississippi State with an engineering degree in 2002, and soon after was hired to a well-paying job that provided a company match for charitable donations for educational purposes. After living below their means to pay off their debts, Paul and Michelle maintained those spending practices and starting giving extensively to seminaries — chiefly Southern Seminary. They believe Southern is a special seminary because they have no doubts about the theological conviction and spiritual character of its administration, faculty, and graduates, and believe their donated money is being used efficiently to faithfully train future ministers of the gospel.
Many of our ministry partners have exemplified radical and sacrificial giving through years of faithful participation in God’s work at Southern Seminary.
When they moved to Louisville in 1980, Nancy and Marvin St. John were excited about getting involved with Southern until they learned about the theological direction of the seminary at the time. A few years ago, they were invited to a seminary chapel, where they heard the preaching of President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Encouraged by the school’s new direction, the St. Johns started giving to the seminary, and have attended chapel regularly ever since. They have been faithful members of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville for two decades. They enjoy visiting campus, fellowshipping with other Southern Seminary Foundation Associates, and meeting with students.
Numerous events during the year give supporters of the school the opportunity to interact with the seminary and see the school’s
growth firsthand, and introduce new friends to the mission and vision of Southern. More information at sbts.edu/alumni.
Foundation Spring Retreat
Heritage Golf Classic
The Spring Retreat is one of two signature annual events on the Southern Seminary Foundation calendar. Typically scheduled for the first week of April, this is a fantastic opportunity to rest and recharge as participants hear from R. Albert Mohler Jr., other Southern leaders and are led in worship by Southern Seminary faculty.
Enjoy a day of golf, food, fun, and prizes while supporting Southern students training for ministry. All money raised goes to the Southern Seminary Annual Fund. Typically in mid-August, the Heritage Golf Classic is Southern’s premier charity fund raising event.
The highlight of the year for many of Southern’s friends. Heritage Week is a time to reconnect with the mission and vision of Southern Seminary and hear about all that God is doing through this institution. This week is typically held in mid-October.
A new event for Southern Seminary, the Aiming High Sporting Clay Shoot provides the Christian outdoorsman an opportunity to support SBTS students. All money raised goes to the Southern Seminary Annual Fund. This event is in the spring.
An event specifically geared toward Louisville-area business leaders, the Leadership Briefing is offered quarterly in various venues around the city. Guests receive a gourmet lunch while hearing from nationally-recognized leaders deliver short talks on leadership.
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THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO SUPPORT SOUTHERN SEMINARY BEYOND A CASH GIFT. EXPLORE HOW YOU CAN COMBINE CHARITABLE GIVING WITH TAX PLANNING AND OTHER FINANCIAL STRATEGIES.
GIVING AVENUES Cash, check or credit card
You can mail a check, give online, or set-up a recurring monthly gift by contacting our office.
A will or a living trust helps to ensure the causes that were most important to a patron in life will be honored.
Life insurance or retirement plan assets
Naming Southern Seminary as a beneficiary of your life insurance or retirement plan is an effective way to maximizethe impact of your remaining assets and avoiding costly taxation.
To avoid paying a high capital gains tax a donor may make a gift of stock directly to Southern as a current gift or as a life income gift.
Life income gifts
Charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts enable the donor to make a gift while receiving lifelong income.
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES ANNUAL FUND
All unrestricted gifts are directed toward the Annual Fund to be used where they are needed most. This type of giving is critical to keep the cost of tuition affordable. Every dollar given to the Annual Fund is a dollar our students will not have to pay in tuition.
ENDOWED FACULTY CHAIR
Establishing or completing a previously established endowed faculty chair ensures Southern will be able to recruit and retain a world-class faculty.
Each opportunity listed below represents a financial need that when met, will allow Southern to more effectively accomplish its mission to train the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and gospel leaders to change the world.
ENDOWED MINISTRY OR MISSION CENTERS
Establishing an endowed ministry or mission center allows Southern students to gain valuable ministry training and practical experience in a broad range of areas to equip them for service in the church or mission field.
The Southern Seminary endowment provides funding to offset operating expenses and ensures financial stability for years to come.
Southern has been blessed with an exceptional campus and facilities. Capital gifts provide financial resources to expand, enhance, and repurpose facilities for more effective use.
For more information about any of these giving opportunities, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at The Southern BaptisTheological Seminary 2825 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40280 â€˘ Phone: (502) 897-4143 â€˘ E-mail: email@example.com www.sbts.edu/supportsouthern
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MAJOR GIFT OPPORTUNITIES
JAMES P. BOYCE CENTENNIAL LIBRARY As the intellectual heart of campus, the James P. Boyce Centennial Library is where students can augment their studies with careful research. An innovative renovation will more helpfully organize collections and enhance interactive academic learning.
Southern is a growing institution with numerous projects either underway or soon to be started. For more information, see the Major Gift Opportunities booklet.
THE HONEYCUTT PLAZA will be the central outdoor gathering place for students and their families. The large open field at the heart of campus has traditionally been a very popular spot for gatherings of all sorts.
HERITAGE HALL Along with Southernâ€™s dining facilities, the academic and campus event schedule is at capacity. Heritage Hall is the primary meeting space and banquet room for almost every campus event.
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