much study and research a task force made up of trustees, staff,
faculty and student representatives
unanimously voted that the Seminary
should remain in the present location at 3939 Gentilly Boulevard,
Why is the support of the alumni critical to the future of New
Baptist Theological Seminary?
The percentage of alumni who support NOBTS has a direct bearing
on whether or not the seminary receives
foundation grant funds for vital
projects. Since committing to remain in the city of New Orleans,
the campus must now be updated. Funding from
private and foundation sources is
critical in the overall plan to build student housing, academic
classroom space, endowment, and a new
wellness center. Student scholarship
assistance, in most cases, also relies on this same criteria.
Why do I need to give? Doesn’t the Cooperative Program
the needs of the Seminary?
While the Cooperative Program does fund more than 40 percent of
the operational costs of the Seminary, there
is still a growing need for student
scholarships, endowment funds, and capital improvement funds.
Many of our students are older, married, and have families to
support. For these, scholarship assistance
is crucial. As we enter this new
millennium, theological education is more crucial than ever as an
important ingredient in equipping leaders to
change the world.
Is our Seminary doing anything with 21st Century technology
enhance the educational experience?
A lot! Our students will graduate and minister in a world that is
technically advanced. They will face trials
and obstacles unlike any period in our history. The ministry
environment is no longer determined by
neighborhoods but is one of common interests brought together by
the Internet. We are living in a global
community and our graduates must be
prepared to function and minister in this global community.
What is the New Horizons Campaign?
The New Horizons Campaign is New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s
fifteen to twenty-year strategic plan to revitalize its facilities
and increase its endowment. The campaign has
a first phase goal of $8,000,000 to
$12,000,000 which will be raised in cash and three-year
Who authorized the New Horizons Campaign?
After a thorough feasibility study, the New Horizons Campaign was
approved by NOBTS Board of Trustees in March
1999; by the Southern Baptist
Convention Executive Board in Spring 2000; and by the Convention
messengers during its meeting in Orlando in June 2000.
How will the goals be achieved?
Campaign divisions and goals are as follows:
What are the New Horizons Campaign funding objectives?
renovation was completed Fall of 2000)
under construction, ground breaking, October 10, 2001)
Why was the Bunyan Classroom Building a top priority?
First constructed in 1951, this major classroom building on campus
was updated to reflect the Seminary’s
vision and mission and now includes a
Lord’s Supper table, a baptistry, a casket, and Internet access.
Because a combination of years of use and extensive damage by
Formosan termites had left the building in
critical need, this project had to be
started before the funds were raised. The New Horizons effort
will repay those construction costs.
Why is endowment so vital to the Seminary?
is the gift which gives forever. It would be increasingly difficult
to keep the cost of theological education affordable for Southern
Baptist ministers without steady income of endowments such
as scholarships funds and endowed faculty chairs.
Why is the Student Family Village so
vital to the Seminary
It has been more than thirty
years since any student housing was built. New
student housing for families with multiple children is a very
critical need. The ground has been broken
for three buildings with 12 four-bedroom
apartments. Each building will cost $1,500,000 with each
apartment costing approximately $125,000. The total project
will cost $4,500,000 and will provide
several family apartments for years
What is the Students’ Children’s Endowment and why is it
Another critical issue facing our Seminary is the education of the
children of our students. After much
deliberation and study, our administration
came to the conclusion that is not possible to build a school
on our campus. As an alternative, we believe a $12,000,000 endowment
for children of Seminary students would generate enough interest
to cover the cost of scholarships for them to attend area Christian
schools. Our goal is to raise $2,000,000 to begin that
What is the goal for the Alumni Division of the New Horizons
The goal of the Alumni Division is $750,000 for a base goal with a
challenge goal of $1,000,000.
What will the money which is raised in the Alumni Division of
New Horizons Campaign go toward?
The leadership of Alumni Division of the
Campaign unanimously voted to devote
all the money raised for new student housing.
As an alum, what can I do to help
with the New
We ask all alumni to prayerfully commit to supporting this
important undertaking. We are not
emphasizing equal gifts, but equal sacrifice. Commit
to being a monthly supporter through the New Horizons Campaign
and help NOBTS continue to train effective leaders for the
is the pledge period for the New Horizons
A three-year pledge period is suggested, but the donor may select
is the leadership of the Alumni Division?
OVERALL ALUMNI CHAIR
Dr. Don Wilton
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Rev. Bobby Owings
Drs. Ed and Catherine Thiele
Dr. Dino Senesi
Dr. James Futral
Dr. Tommy Green
Dr. Alan Day
Rev. Jon Beard
What are the methods of giving?
Emphasis will be on cash pledges. However, other ways to
include: Appreciated Stocks and Securities,Real Estate, Life
Plans, Charitable Lead Trusts Gifts In-Kind Bequests.
can help by becoming a monthly supporter. Make your secure gift online:
also send your gift to:
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
3939 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70126
information, call us at 1-800-662-8701, ext. 3252 or e-mail the Office of Development
Alumni Division Leadership