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SBC DIGEST: IMB announces George Liele scholarship; SEBTS partners with MBU


IMB announces George Liele Scholarship

By IMB Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board, in cooperation with the National African American Fellowship of the SBC, has launched the George Liele Scholarship. All are invited to join the IMB in celebrating the rich history of African American missionaries through prayerful and financial support. The scholarship is to encourage innovation and eliminate barriers toward missions mobilization among Black and African American Southern Baptist churches so that the IMB missions force reflects the growing diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention and the multitudes that missionaries are reaching with the Gospel every day.

Churches and individuals can provide financial support to the scholarship at imb.org/give.

Application for the scholarship is open for all with a stated intention to develop and facilitate one or more of the following:

  • Corporate prayer for IMB missionaries and the peoples they serve
  • A culture of generosity benefiting the work of IMB missionary teams
  • Education or training on cross-cultural missions
  • Mission trips/vision trips with IMB teams and global partners
  • General mobilization efforts toward partnership with IMB teams

Scholarship applications will open for submission on March 1. Please email info@imb.org to be added to the applicant list. Applicants will be contacted with more details.


SEBTS partners with Missouri Baptist University

By SEBTS Staff

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and Missouri Baptist University (MBU) are partnering together to provide undergraduate students with a seamless transition from a bachelor’s degree to the Advanced Master of Divinity degree at SEBTS.

The goal of the partnership is to help MBU students gain the theological and ministerial courses they need in their undergraduate studies so they can more successfully transition into the Advanced MDiv program.

“We are grateful for the work Missouri Baptist University is doing to equip the next generation of effective ministry leaders personally, spiritually and vocationally,” SEBTS provost Keith Whitfield said. “Students coming to SEBTS from MBU will have an excellent biblical and theological foundation as well as develop practical ministry skills. Their background paired with the exceptional biblical, theological, and ministerial education they will receive by earning the Advanced MDiv from SEBTS, these students will be prepared to go anywhere in the world for the glory of Christ. It’s exciting to partner with MBU to train those who have answered the call to serve Christ and the church. We are proud to be in this endeavor with MBU.”

The Advanced MDiv program allows a student to graduate and enter the ministry more quickly. This is possible because the program assumes a person has significant undergraduate preparation in biblical and religious studies. This program trains and prepares the graduate for a lifetime of ministry. To find out more about admissions requirements and program specifics, please visit the Academic Catalog here.

“MBU’s partnership with SEBTS will further prepare students for a vocation in ministry after building a firm foundation in ministry and scholarship at MBU,” said Matthew Easter, director of Christian Studies at MBU. “The combined vision of MBU and SEBTS to train Great Commission-minded leaders for a life of ministry makes this partnership a natural fit. MBU students will not only graduate earlier and be able to opt for more electives but learn in a community that will also support them in their pursuit of ministry.”

Counselors at both MBU and the SEBTS Admissions Office will be able to guide students through the process of applying and meeting the requirements of admittance to the Advanced MDiv program.

Contact admissions@sebts.edu for more information.

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