SBTS introduces new chaplaincy course to equip leaders for service in diverse settings amid today’s unique challenges.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary announced efforts for the fall to help maintain its commitment to training chaplains in an effort to pave the way for individuals to impact more lives.
This fall, Southern Seminary is offering a brand-new chaplaincy course designed to equip leaders to serve in hospitals, firehouses, the military and wherever else they are called.
“Jesus demonstrated loving and caring for people, especially among those outside the church. That is where a chaplain operates.” said Ken Lovett who will be teaching the course. “Chaplains have an opportunity to be there, in the actual hospital room, firehouse, or foxhole, when something terrible happens. And they get to be the face of God’s loving-kindness to people who need Him but might not ever enter the doors of a church.
“There are a lot of ‘foxholes’ in places all over the world and in every town in America. The chaplaincy is an ideal way to serve, especially in a bi-vocational situation while serving as a student or pastor.” — Ken Lovett
He added, “There are a lot of ‘foxholes’ in places all over the world and in every town in America. The chaplaincy is an ideal way to serve, especially in a bi-vocational situation while serving as a student or pastor.”
Lovett earned his Ph.D. from Southern Seminary and is currently a chaplain in the Indiana National Guard. He believes Southern Seminary is the ideal place for chaplaincy training because of the numerous opportunities to serve around Louisville, the dedication of the faculty, and the fruitful ministry of Southern Seminary graduates serving as chaplains.
As global tensions rise, so will the need for biblically grounded and theologically trained chaplains in all areas of life.
“The growing threats of secularism, social unrest and international conflict will only increase the need for chaplains,” Lovett said. “But with tensions high around the globe, we need to be equipping chaplains for future situations that haven’t yet broken the horizon.”