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FROM THE SEMINARIES: NOBTS holds delayed convocation; SEBTS to sponsor popular podcast

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Jamie Dew posed a question to the audience gathered Sept. 3 for convocation, the official start of the academic year. In a joint effort to equip believers to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is sponsoring Season 5 of the "Knowing Faith" podcast.

SBC DIGEST: Thornton first woman in leadership in SEBTS Ph.D. office; Newborn joins ABSC as church planting strategist

Christy Thornton named SEBTS associate director of Ph.D. studies, director of Th.M. program; Chanson Newborn joins Arkansas Baptist State Convention as church planting strategist.

SBC DIGEST: Ashford resigns as SEBTS provost; Patrick’s death ruled suicide

Bruce Ashford resigns as SEBTS provost, returns to teaching; Darrin Patrick's death officially ruled suicide.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: SEBTS women’s livestream, alumni livestream; Spurgeon College ‘gap year’ alternative

SEBTS women's livestream focuses on practicing theology amid brokenness; SEBTS celebrates God's faithfulness in Alumni & Friends Livestream; Spurgeon College's Fusion offers alternative for 'gap year.'

SEBTS trustees cut tuition, salaries in COVID-19 economic downturn

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Responding to the economic downturn prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the executive committee of the board of trustees of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary approved a budget for 2020-21 that includes cuts of 3 percent, including staff salary reductions -- but also a 5 percent tuition reduction. The decision was made during a virtual meeting Monday (June 15). During its spring meeting in April, the board of trustees voted to allow the final budget approval to be postponed in order for SEBTS officials to have a better understanding of the overall economic and enrollment impact of the pandemic.

‘Keep your faith in Him’ Akin tells graduates in online ceremony

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- While COVID-19 prevented an in-person spring graduation ceremony at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), it did not stop faculty, staff and students from celebrating 288 seminary and college graduates virtually on May 15. Preaching from Hebrews 12:1-3, Akin challenged graduates to run the Christian race with endurance. "We did not want to pass this opportunity to congratulate you on the work that you've done and to recognize you and this marvelous accomplishment," Akin said.

FROM THE STATES: Two shifts in Georgia Baptist leadership; Crisis leads to openness for Alabama pastor

Two high-level shifts in Georgia Baptist leadership; COVID-19 leads to Gospel conversations for Alabama pastor.

TRUSTEES: SEBTS board delays budget finalization, authorizes PPP participation

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- In its spring meeting, the Board of Trustees of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary postponed adoption of a budget for the 2020-21 academic year and authorized the seminary to participate in the federal Paycheck Protection Program. While meeting virtually Monday (April 20), SEBTS president Danny Akin told trustees the seminary plans to "move forward wisely, carefully and cautiously" during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said delaying budget approval until "on or before June 15, 2020," will allow the administration to have a better idea of the financial challenges the seminary faces.

SBC seminary students getting much more than academic training

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist seminaries have stepped up to provide students support both financially and personally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the aid seminaries have been able to offer students can be credited to the Cooperative Program's (CP) positive impact on operating budgets. Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS), said CP is essential to the mission of MBTS in ways far greater than simply being a revenue source.