to Local and World Missions
NOBTS is the home of the Leavell Center for Evangelism
and Church Growth, the first such center in the SBC. The Leavell
Center provides detailed, immediately useable, and up-to-date
demographics on any U.S. neighborhood, to assess evangelism/church
growth potential. NOBTS is the only SBC seminary to offer such
seminary's location makes it the ideal missions laboratory.
Ministry opportunities abound within the seminary's unique urban
setting. In addition, many mission trips are offered to students
in each academic year. During the summer of 1998, students and
faculty groups were involved in mission projects in not only
New Orleans but also in Salt Lake City, Rhode Island, Ecuador,
Italy, France, Romania, Tanzania and Trinidad.
established the Intercessory Prayer Center in the midst of campus
housing, open around the clock and connected by the Internet
to Southern Baptist missionaries around the world. It also established
the World Missions Resource Center to provide the most up-to-date
information available on Southern Baptist missionaries and the
countries where they serve.
Education Through Extension
NOBTS is committed to making education accessible, thus
the development of its extensive extension center system across
the Southeast. It oversees a complete campus located outside
Atlanta in Decatur, Ga., with nearly 500 students. In addition,
extension centers currently are located in Orlando, Graceville,
Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa, Florida; Birmingham and Huntsville,
Alabama; Jackson and Clinton, Mississippi; Baton Rouge, Angola,
and Shreveport, Louisiana; and Cleveland, Tenn.
1998, the Association of Theological Schools chose NOBTS as
one of only two schools for a pilot program because of its many
years of experience in distance learning.
to the Ministers Family
The leadership of NOBTS recognizes that education and
preparation for ministry extend beyond the pastor to his family,
and specifically to his wife. Therefore, for more than 20 years
the seminary has offered student wives free classes and free
childcare in its Certificate of Excellence program.
seminary is also committed to the children of students. Each
week, a campus youth minister leads Campus Youth Challenge meetings,
which are designed to build up students' children in the faith
and prepare them for the opportunities they will have in the
addition, NOBTS offers a unique campus Christian homeschooling
network, the Christian Home Educators Support System.
A paid staff member gives direction and guidance for those new
to homeschooling and offers special activities each month, networking
all campus homeschool families.
In keeping with their mission focus on the Great Commission
and the Great Commandments, administrators envision innovations
cultivating healthy churches throughout the Southern Baptist
Convention, as well as increased access to quality theological
also plan to retool existing degree programs and develop innovative
degree programs to address the specific needs and interests
they envision an enhanced campus environment through which
to accomplish these goals.