Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Southern Baptists he wished he could take them to Kansas City to “show you what God has done in the past 10 years.”
Ten years ago, Midwestern Seminary had an enrollment of just over 1,000 students, he said during his report to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting on June 15. “This academic year we completed with a total enrollment right around 5,000 students.”
A decade ago, the seminary took in around $8 million in revenue, and this year it finished well over $30 million, Allen said. “Those data points matter not because they are just numbers, they matter because they represent students who are being trained and they represent the belief that the churches of this convention have in your seminary in Kansas City.”
Allen said he believes Southern Baptists support MBTS because the seminary is “fanatically committed to serving the local church” and “absolutely clear about who we are theologically.” He also believes that’s why God has “blessed our work over the past 10 years.”
“We are not half-heartedly Southern Baptist, we are not embarrassed by our SBC affiliation, we are happily, wholeheartedly, convictionally a Southern Baptist institution,” he said. “That means we cheerfully, convictionally champion the beliefs of Southern Baptists.”
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