A new program by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College will allow pastoral ministry students to earn both the bachelor of arts degree and the master of divinity degree in just five years.
Made possible through an anonymous grant, the Accelerated B.A.+M.Div. program will shorten a pastoral ministry student’s time in school by two years.
“In a day when churches are struggling to find leaders, getting pastors through the preparation process and onto the church field as quickly as possible is a matter of vital importance,” said NOBTS Chancellor Chuck Kelley. “We are thrilled with this donation that will enable us to condense college and seminary education to provide maximum training in a minimum amount of time.”
The goals of the five-year initiative are to limit the debt pastoral ministry students incur in college and seminary, reduce coursework redundancy during undergraduate and graduate studies, provide meaningful practical ministry experiences in the learning process, and to see young students leave these programs with greater spiritual depth and the ability to minister well to people of all ages.
The program is designed for 18-21 year-olds entering undergraduate studies who have experienced a call to pastoral ministry. Students will be mentored by a dedicated program coordinator and students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on ministry experiences.
“We are especially thrilled with the opportunity to enhance the mentoring support for future pastors,” Kelley said, noting the seminary’s emphasis on mentoring in recent years.
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Source: Baptist Press