Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316
The most segregated hour in America is Sunday morning at eleven o’clock. But Southern Baptists are doing something about it. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, is leading the way when it comes to providing a diverse faculty. Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary in Ontario, California, is leading the way when it comes to serving a diverse student body.
Recently, Dr. Johnathan Pritchett, Vice President for Academics at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, conducted research to determine the levels of diversity that exist in each of our six Southern Baptist seminaries—both among the faculty and among the students.
Data was collected from available online resources. Thus, it is possible that a few positions have changed and websites have not yet been updated. Also, a few faculty members were missing photos in their biographical sketches. Generally, however, the data is not only accurate but quite useful for a basic diversity assessment.
|Dr. Will McRaney
Founder, The Church
No “ifs” “ands” or “buts” about it. Off the record, national leaders verbally acknowledge it—the SBC Trustee system is broken. The Trustee men and women who are serving are not broken and are people of goodwill, but the systems and the climates that surround their work are broken.
In the following article, I will lay out the challenges as I see them, recognizing that I have a limited, but highly personal experience that informs matters related to SBC Trustees. I will open with an example from my situation before moving to affirm the people and vital roles of our SBC Trustees. I will then explore some current challenges that have demanded much from our Trustees of three of our SBC entities. I will sprinkle my experience throughout and then conclude with information on the primary question of the article which relates to the Oversight and Accountability workings of the Trustees under the New NAMB.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Theologically Matters and is used by permission.
Last week, I took my 10-year-old daughter to a baseball game. It was just the two of us. Our other three children were home with my wife. For nearly four hours, we spent time together in the car and at the stadium. My phone mostly stayed in my pocket (except for taking and posting a few photos), and we talked. Continue reading