I am pleased to be able to announce a new venture by Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary to help local churches equip men for the Gospel ministry. In partnership with three local assemblies, DBTS will be offering a seminary level course on Monday nights this fall in Concord, NH; Burlington, MA; and Atlanta, GA. This is a first step toward opening full remote campuses in these locations.
We are excited about this opportunity because it fits right in the center of our mission and burden. We exist to help local churches equip pastors, church planters, and missionaries. We believe the local church has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the next generation. Our role is to serve the church in this task. Establishing extension campuses will increase our ability to help churches that are burdened to start and strengthen God-centered, Gospel-saturated churches in their region of the country.
These regional extension campuses will be fully interactive with the classroom here at DBTS so that we can maintain a healthy professor-student connection and the benefits of the classroom experience. We will be using an excellent system already being utilized by major universities (e.g., the University of Michigan–Go Blue!). Our goal is to mentor and equip, not just generate more revenue. Professor-student interaction plus the discipline and camaraderie of the classroom are very important to us. An education is not just about earning credits and getting a degree. It should shape and transform us.
Please pray for this new venture. I will be teaching the first course, which begins on September 9, 2013. Registration information will be out soon!