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FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS announces new leadership, faculty

Two new faculty members have been appointed to the Terry School of Educational Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, President Adam W. Greenway announced Monday (July 29). Michael S. Wilder and Chris Shirley will serve as professors of educational ministries. In addition, Wilder will serve as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 1.

Evangelism & counseling empower church’s impact

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Nestled in a southwest Fort Worth neighborhood is the house of a woman who leases rooms to people in need of a home. Many of her tenants are new to the city, while others have left difficult circumstances and would be homeless if not for her assistance. All five of her tenants happened to be home when they heard a knock at the door on a Saturday in September 2017. The homeowner answered the door to be greeted by a door-to-door evangelism team from Great Commission Baptist Church who had partnered with several students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The woman recognized one of the church members and asked that they share the Gospel. After the five tenants agreed to a conversation, everyone crowded into the living room.

Patterson to SWBTS grads: Minus God, you’ll fail

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Another graduating class from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Fort Worth and Houston campuses was commissioned to "preach the Word" and "reach the world" during the seminary's fall commencement service, Dec. 15. In his commencement address to the 245 college, master's and doctoral graduates, President Paige Patterson charged each individual entering the ministry to be devout in his walk with God.

Physical therapist doubles as bivocational pastor

ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) -- Francis Calimbahin's schedule reflects the numerous responsibilities of life, ministry and a career as a licensed physical therapist. Managing his schedule is often complicated but his calling is simple: serve the Lord and make disciples. Calimbahin embraces life as a bivocational pastor of Caprock Church in Arlington, Texas. Like many pastors, his non-ministry job is a second source of income and it relieves a financial burden for a small church. However, Calimbahin says being bivocational is a choice rather than a last resort and affords him numerous opportunities to model a "missional" life in a job he loves.

Make eternal investment, Patterson tells SWBTS grads

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson exhorts 220 college, master's and doctoral graduates to invest in what is eternal.

Frank Page’s witness fruitful after 35 years

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Engaging in door-to-door evangelism earlier this year, two seminary students came across a house they almost overlooked because of its obscurity. When they knocked on the door, Jackie, a man with a unique connection to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, answered the door. When master of divinity students Sharon Ngai and Christian Stringer told Jackie they were from Southwestern, Jackie informed them that he had given his life to Christ more than 35 years ago as a result of Southwestern students doing door-to-door ...

SWBTS grads urged to be characterized by obedience

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson urged graduates of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to continually strive for integrity and to respond in obedience to God's call in ministry. "All across America, students are graduating from colleges and universities, and the one thing most of them will not be told is to be men and women of integrity," Patterson, president of Southwestern, told graduates during the seminary's fall commencement on Dec. 16. A total of 169 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students graduated.

At a German university town, connections yield faith

JENA, Germany (BP) -- "Don't you know where you are?" was the reaction Martha Moore often heard. "People don't do religion in east Germany." Moore moved to Germany in 2000 to serve as a campus evangelist at the University of Jena and start a new ministry, now known as Connexxion. It was clear that it would be a challenge to see lives transformed by the Gospel in a country where many are atheists or agnostics.

Business as missions taught in Asia mission trip

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An entrepreneur with a fruitful career using business as a platform for the Gospel played a key role in a mission trip to Central Asia by nine students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary this fall. Although Business as Missions had previously been offered at the Southwestern, the course included a mission trip to Central Asia for the first time.

Seminary team reaps eavesdropping harvest

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A university student in Thailand was eavesdropping. "Are they talking about trusting Christ?" the young man whispered to fellow students who were interacting with a team from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the university's food court, the Thai student explained to the team's translator that missionaries had visited his village several months earlier and shared the Gospel with him. In the following months, he could not stop thinking about what the ...