Three - Historical Sketch
NOBTS has been at the cutting edge of all accredited
theological institutions in its innovative use of technology
as an educational delivery system. It was the first SBC seminary
to offer classes by live compressed interactive video (CIV)
for students at our many extension center locations across the
was also the first SBC seminary to develop an accredited baccalaureate
degree program specifically for older ministerial students for
whom the traditional college environment was not practical.
In addition, NOBTS was the first SBC seminary to offer a Doctor
of Ministry degree specializing in evangelistic church growth.
is the first SBC seminary to focus on women's ministry, offering
a certificate program that prepares women to effectively lead
women's ministry programs through their local churches.
is the only SBC seminary to offer a Master of Arts in Marriage
and Family Counseling degree that includes preparing students
for licensure in all 50 states;
seminary is the first to have a nursing school on its campus
(William Carey School of Nursing), making NOBTS the ideal location
for preparation for medical missions. It is also the first seminary
of any kind to offer an accredited theological degree at a prison,
Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Sixteen students graduated
in the first class, Dec. 1997, all of whom are serving life
sentences for murder, yet are serving churches within the prison
has become the second largest biblical manuscript center in
North America by establishing the internationally recognized
Center for New Testament Textual Studies.
seminary has also developed the Institute for Church Health,
with its Purposeful Interim program. The program is designed
to equip qualified candidates to be interim leaders and consultants
for churches that have had forced termination's of the minister
or other serious problems. The Institute reflects the seminary's
view that the health of a seminary is measured by the health
of the churches its graduates lead.
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