The Spring Trustee Meeting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary concluded yesterday evening with a nice time of dinner and fellowship with our trustees and their spouses. The fellowship followed a full day of meetings and two plenary sessions that covered reports and recommendations regarding Building and Grounds, Investments, and Instruction.
Enrollment is good. There have been no faculty resignations. Several rank promotions were granted. Austerity budget is working with NO layoffs of faculty or staff! The financial report was good, especially in light of world economic conditions. We trustees had ample opportunity to meet and mingle with students, faculty and staff, and as usual, I came away impressed with the quality and the attitudes of everyone I encountered.
NOBTS President, Dr. Chuck Kelley gave an address to the trustees outlining the NOBTS Vision for the 21st Century. In a nutshell, Dr. Kelley listed:
Theological Education is Crucial
Make Training Accessible to Any God-Called Man or Woman
Offer Cafeteria for Ministry Training
Little Bites, Big Bites
Healthy Churches Reaching, Teaching, and Ministering the Name of Jesus
Dr. Kelley closed by saying, "We will reinvent Seminary for the needs, opportunities and mission of Southern Baptists in the 21st Century."
Dr. Kelley and our administration are seeking to keep NOBTS on the cutting edge of quality theological education.
There are many challenges, but our God is able to meet every need. I encourage you to continue to give to your local SBC churches, since their gifts to the SBC Cooperative Program help provide that quality education at all six of our seminaries. You may also help by joining me in giving personally to the Annual Fund of NOBTS. Your tax deductible gifts may be sent to:
The Office of Development
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
3939 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70126