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Southwestern continues to offer innovative solutions for equipping pastors, missionaries, and ministers to preach the Word and reach the world.

When Hurricane Katrina crashed against the shores of Louisiana in 2005, floods deluged the city of New Orleans, washing away houses, businesses, and churches as well as the hope of many in the region. Yet in the wake of this catastrophic destruction, the area became a platform for Southern Baptists to shine amid the darkness and help rebuild the Big Easy.

Jack Hunter, executive director of the New Orleans Baptist Association (NOBA) and a native New Orleanian, rejoices over the "virtual army of Southern Baptists who have come through to help with various aspects of the rebuilding of New Orleans." Hunter practiced law in New Orleans for nearly thirty years and ministered in a housing project through his local church prior to Katrina. After the flood, he joined the thousands of other volunteers in recovery efforts. In 2009, he joined the staff of NOBA and was named executive director in 2011.

While initial post-Katrina ministries emphasized relief and recovery, Hunter says NOBA has shifted toward rebuilding. Nei...

When Pastor Chris Lockhart led members of The Crossing Church in High Point, North Carolina, to adopt a local school in a low-income area, he never imagined the impact it would have. After two years of supporting teachers, staff, and students through volunteering and providing resources, school staff members showed up for a worship service one Sunday morning to express their thanks.

As great as this recognition was, Lockhart said he experienced more joy when two of the staff members responded to the presentation of the Gospel at the end of the service and placed their faith in Jesus Christ.

Lockhart credits his local Baptist association with making his church aware of the need and opportunity to partner with the school. He sees it as one of a myriad of ways the Piedmont Baptist Association (PBA) and Director of Missions Larry Doyle demonstrate a commitment to transform the Piedmont Triad Area around Greensboro, North Carolina.

"The partnership between The Crossing Church and PBA has been wonderful for us...

At the core of the mission of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is to train men and women to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth — to one's neighbors and the nations.

"The task of fulfilling the Great Commission, from the onset of Southwestern Seminary's pilgrimage in 1908, has been the working hypothesis of the seminary," says President Paige Patterson.

"Theological training is not merely for the purpose of producing astutely trained minds but rather for the purpose of training men and women to become effective missionaries and evangelists in whatever God's calling may be."

Founding president B.H. Carroll's passion for evangelism compelled him to create the first-ever chair of evangelism in a seminary, and that same evangelistic zeal has carried Southwestern over the past one hundred years and can be seen in the more than forty ...

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

For the past one hundred years, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has experienced many challenges and victories, but through it all a pervasive heart for spreading the Gospel has remained central and propels the seminary into its next century of service. This zeal for evangelism is demonstrated in each of the seminary's eight presidents, who then challenged faculty and students to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

When Southwestern was founded in 1908 by B.H. Carroll, his passion for evangelism compelled him to create the first-ever chair of evangelism in a seminary, and he had one person in mind for the position: Lee Rutland (L.R.) Scarborough, a fiery evangelist and pastor of First Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas. When Carroll's health began to fail him, Scarborough assumed administrative responsibilities of the seminary and became the school's second president upon Carroll's death in 1914.

From Scarborough's early days as an unknown ...