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GuideStone’s Spika discusses what may be ahead in 2021

On the March edition of the Monthly Market Update, GuideStone Financial Resources’ David Spika talks with Jonathan Howe about interest rates, inflation and their effect on the stock market, mortgage rates and more. The two also cover government spending and the national debt.

NOBTS, Missouri Baptist University sign articulation agreement

By NOBTS Staff

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Helping students move into ministry positions more quickly is the intent behind a new partnership between New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) and Missouri Baptist University (MBU) that applies specific earned MBU college credit hours toward an NOBTS master of divinity degree.

The articulation agreement, signed by NOBTS Provost Norris Grubbs and MBU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Andy Chambers, lays out a pathway whereby MBU graduates with Christian Studies majors can further their education at NOBTS while saving time and money.

“We are excited to partner with Missouri Baptist University to provide quality theological education that enables students to enter the field of service as quickly as possible,” Grubbs said. “Students who come to NOBTS from MBU will benefit greatly from this program.”

The schools worked together prior to the agreement to identify MBU Christian Studies major courses that would be comparable or equivalent to specific courses required for the NOBTS M.Div. degree.

The Accelerated Master of Divinity program outlined in the agreement reduces a student’s time in school – potentially saving thousands of dollars – by reducing course redundancy.

“We are grateful for this partnership with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary which will maximize the strengths of our two programs in an efficient manner that allows students to complete their seminary education in as short a time as possible,” Chambers said.

NOBTS President Jamie Dew noted the unique opportunity afforded students who come to learn and serve at NOBTS’ main campus in New Orleans.

“We are convinced that the unique culture and people of New Orleans provide a ready-made opportunity for our students to encounter others in desperate need of the Gospel,” Dew said, adding that the city’s unique character “creates an amazing opportunity for theological training and ministry preparation.”

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