MISSION

Southern Baptist Theological Seminaries exist to prepare Godcalled men and women for vocational service in Baptist churches and in other Christian ministries throughout the world through programs of spiritual development, theological studies, and practical preparation in ministry.

MINISTRIES

  1. Assist churches by programs of prebaccalaureate and baccalaureate theological education for ministers.

    Provide for students who have at least the equivalent of high school education biblical, theological, historical, and practical studies designed to develop ministerial competencies; provide extension study opportunities for persons in church vocations who have not completed college or seminary training, persons not in church vocations who desire theological training which is academically oriented, and seminarytrained persons desiring opportunities for continuing education.

  2. Assist churches by programs of master’s level theological education for ministers.

    Provide theological education leading to a Master’s Degree for those whom the churches recommend as called by God for a lifetime of leadership in the various ministries of the churches and other areas of Christian service.

  3. Assist churches by programs of professional doctoral education for ministers.

    Provide advanced theological education for persons who have earned a basic theological degree and have given evidence of capacity for effective performance in ministry to the churches.

  4. Assist churches by programs of research doctoral education for ministers and theological educators.

    Provide graduate theological education for persons who have completed their basic theological studies and have given evidence of academic ability and capacity for research, writing, and teaching.

  5. Assist churches through the administration of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives.

    Operate the official Southern Baptist Convention library and archives as a national center for the study of Baptists.

RELATIONSHIPS

Southern Baptist seminaries will work within the Southern Baptist Convention entity relationship guidelines approved by the Great Commission Council and the Executive Committee and printed in the Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist Convention.

First program statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention May 20, 1964. See SBC Annual 1964, pp. 6062.
Finally approved May 31, 1967. See SBC Annual 1967, pp. 61, 120122.
Amended June 12, 1973. See SBC Annual 1973, pp. 6970.
Amended June 11, 1974. See SBC Annual 1974, pp. 5759.
Completely rewritten and approved by the Southern Baptist Convention June 12, 1979. See SBC Annual 1979, pp. 3739.
Amended June 15, 1993. See SBC Annual 1993, p. 74.
First ministry statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention June 20, 1995. See SBC Annual 1995, p. 46 and pp. 165-173.