Seminary-level training was offered recently “close to home” by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary through “Seminary for a Day” in Virginia.
Partnering with the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia (SBCV) March 13–16, Southeastern (Wake Forest, North Carolina) provided training for pastors and church leaders at six locations throughout the state.
“Seminary for a Day with the SBCV was an excellent opportunity for pastors to be refreshed on biblical, theological and missional themes that are relevant for their local church ministry,” noted Benjamin Quinn, associate professor of theology and history of ideas at SEBTS.
Helping churches ‘engage the lost’
The seminary sent five faculty to teach on topics related to pastoral ministry, biblical theology and the task of the Great Commission. The initiative offered local church leaders the opportunity to connect with and learn from SEBTS professors.
“The vision of Seminary for a Day is to take seminary-level equipping and training to churches in every region of the Commonwealth,” noted John Sharp, director of church engagement and mobilization for SBCV. “It flows from the heart of the SBCV to come alongside every local church and pastor to help them engage the lost and make disciples among their neighbors and the nations.
“The SBCV and SEBTS share this common vision of coming alongside the local church to encourage and equip Christian leaders,” he added. “Our shared value of the authority of Scripture and the teaching of biblical truth facilitates a beautiful partnership for this to take place.”
Leaving the ‘ivory tower’
George Robinson, professor of global disciple making, said he enjoys “leaving the proverbial ivory tower and connecting with people who are laboring in gospel ministry at the street level.
“I had the opportunity to connect with over 50 pastors and church leaders from southeastern Virginia and talk about creating a culture of evangelism and disciple making to lead their churches in being on mission with God. I’m truly grateful for this partnership with the SBCV.”
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For more about how Southeastern can partner with churches, associations or state conventions visit sebts.edu/churchleaders.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Chad Burchett and originally published by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.