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Six research interns arrived in Portland last summer to help shape the souls of city residents, but they realized toward its conclusion that the project dramatically shaped their own souls. "We learned how to invest in a community and how to bless a community rather than expecting people to come to a church," said Matt Jolley of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jolley and his young adult counterparts were part of Parachute Project, a joint effort between the North American Mission Board and state conventions. The program takes its name from the way it "drops" students into strategic urban locations where they research the area and try to form small groups that have the potential to become new churches.

Northwest Baptist Convention regional church planting strategists Wes Hughes and Ken Harmon worked with NAMB leaders to recruit the six-member team and orient their summer ministry to Portland's diverse, urban vibe. Ministry...

Starting with this issue, SBC LIFE will look at one of our Convention's six seminaries and interview its president.

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary was founded by local churches and pastors in 1944 to educate Christian leaders and ministers for the masses in California. Its influence and ministry has since grown beyond the Golden State to become a vital force in Southern Baptist missions endeavors in the western United States and in the Pacific Rim.

"Shaping effective Christian leaders for the churches of tomorrow lies at the heart of Golden Gate Seminary's mission," said William O. Crews, president of Golden Gate Seminary. "It is the mission that fortified our founding and it is the vision that compels us today."

Throughout its history, Golden Gate Seminary — the only SBC agency in the West — has seen its theological education ministry in light of the mission field of the West and the need to shap...