Page Three - Historical Sketch

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At the Cutting Edge

     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 Southeast.

     It 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.

     NOBTS 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.

     NOBTS 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; 

     The 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 walls.

     NOBTS has become the second largest biblical manuscript center in North America by establishing the internationally recognized Center for New Testament Textual Studies.

     The 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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