SEBTS celebrates high attendance and record giving

WAKE FOREST, NC (BP) – The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is celebrating an enrollment of more than 5,000 students and the highest year of financial giving in the school’s history, according to SEBTS President Danny Akin. The Seminary’s Trustees met on Oct. 11-12.

During Tuesday’s Board meeting, President Danny Akin reported that SEBTS has experienced both record enrollment and its strongest year of giving. Fundraising is up 32% more in 2020-2021 than the prior fiscal year and is 22% higher than the highest year in the school history. 

Akin updated the group on the For the Mission campaign, which has reached 72.5% of its $20.5 million goal. 

Ed Litton, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, delivered Tuesday’s chapel sermon to students, staff, donors, and trustees. Preaching from Philippians 1:12-21, Litton focused his sermon on what it looks like for Jesus to be at the center of the Christian’s life. Litton noted that problems become platforms, opposition becomes opportunity, and death becomes defeated as believers seek to pursue holiness through sanctification.  

Trustees also approved:

  • Proposals and revisions to college, graduate, and advanced curriculum. Main changes include the addition of the Minor in Ministry to Women, an MDiv in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling, and changes the Church History ThM emphasis to Historical Theology.  
  • The Butler Family Student Aid Fund 
  • Sabbatical reports from Drs. Aucoin, Hammett, Kellum, and Moseley. 
  • Sabbatical requests for Drs. Keathley, Miles, and Quarles

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held April 4-5.  

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