The Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist
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Southern Baptist Theological
Seminaries exist to prepare God-called men and women
for vocational service in Baptist churches and in
other Christian ministries throughout the world through
programs of spiritual development, theological studies,
and practical preparation in ministry.
churches by programs of pre-baccalaureate and
baccalaureate theological education for ministers.
for students who have at least the equivalent of
high school education biblical, theological, historical,
and practical studies designed to develop ministerial
competencies; provide extension study opportunities
for persons in church vocations who have not completed
college or seminary training, persons not in church
vocations who desire theological training which is
academically oriented, and seminary-trained persons
desiring opportunities for continuing education.
churches by programs of masters level theological
education for ministers.
theological education leading to a Masters Degree
for those whom the churches recommend as called by
God for a lifetime of leadership in the various ministries
of the churches and other areas of Christian service.
churches by programs of professional doctoral
education for ministers.
advanced theological education for persons who have
earned a basic theological degree and have given
evidence of capacity for effective performance in
ministry to the churches.
churches by programs of research doctoral education
for ministers and theological educators.
graduate theological education for persons who have
completed their basic theological studies and have
given evidence of academic ability and capacity for
research, writing, and teaching.
5. Assist churches through the administration
of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives.
Operate the official Southern Baptist Convention
library and archives as a national center for the study of Baptists.
Southern Baptist seminaries
will work within the Southern Baptist Convention
entity relationship guidelines approved by the Great
Commission Council and the Executive Committee and
printed in the Organization Manual of the Southern
First program statement approved by the Southern
Baptist Convention May 20, 1964. See SBC Annual 1964, pp.
Finally approved May 31, 1967. See SBC Annual 1967, pp.
Amended June 12, 1973. See SBC Annual 1973, pp. 69-70.
Amended June 11, 1974. See SBC Annual 1974, pp. 57-59.
Completely rewritten and approved by the Southern Baptist Convention
June 12, 1979. See SBC Annual 1979, pp. 37-39.
Amended June 15, 1993. See SBC Annual 1993, p. 74.
First ministry statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention
June 20, 1995. See SBC Annual 1995, p. 46 and pp. 165-173.