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Seminaries, IMB dialogue about gospel’s explosive growth (photo only)

The spontaneous, explosive growth of the gospel — called church-planting movements — now occurring in several countries around the world topped the agenda when three dozen Southern Baptist seminary representatives gathered Jan. 20-22 in Richmond, Va., for a dialogue with International Mission Board leaders. Above, Daniel Sanchez and Dan Crawford (from left) of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Bill Wagner (right) of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary converse with the IMB’s Avery Willis. The group discussed ways to eliminate obstacles to church-planting movements created by inappropriate cultural elements introduced into witness and ministry efforts. They also discussed how seminaries can prepare students for more effective service overseas and avoid raising barriers to the advance of the gospel. Seminary delegates said many more professors would like to be involved in evangelism and teaching projects overseas and expressed appreciation for their growing partnership with the IMB. A steadily growing number of students are participating in the seminaries’ “2+2” program, which allows students to complete their degrees overseas with two years in the IMB’s International Service Corps program. The students then qualify for appointment as career missionaries without additional stateside ministry experience. (This is a stand alone photo.)

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