The folks at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have a suggestion: Make plans to attend their Alumni Academy July 31-Aug. 1. Participants will not only learn about the biblical, historical, and strategic foundations for missions through the local church, but will also take away practical tools that will help church leaders engage their members in intercultural evangelism, discipleship and church planting. And the best part is Kentucky Baptist pastors and ministry leaders can attend for free.
Leading the two-day seminar will be Dr. David Sills, Dr. Jeff Walters and Zane Pratt, authors of Introduction to Global Missions.
Sills joined Southern Seminary after serving with the International Mission Board in Ecuador as a church planter and evangelist among the Highland Quichua people in the Andes
Walters came to the Billy Graham School after serving as a church planter in Western Europe with the International Mission Board. He has also served as a local church pastor and as associate director of Doctoral Studies at Southern Seminary.
Zane Pratt served as dean of the Billy Graham School from 2011-2013 before returning to the International Mission Board as director of Global Theological Education.
“You’ve heard the sermons and numbers— billions among the nations lost without Jesus Christ, billions who have no way to hear the gospel because nobody is there to tell them,” writes Sills and Walters. “[J]oin us in the summer Alumni Academy at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where we will study together the whys and hows of missions.”
The event schedule is as follows:
THURSDAY | July 31, 2014
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Session 1 | What is the Missionary Call? (David Sills)
10:30 a.m. Session 2 | From Eden to the New Jerusalem: Missions in Scripture (Zane Pratt)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session 3 | What is Culture and Why Does it Matter? (David Sills)
3:00 p.m. Session 4 | Literates Doing Missions in a World of Orality (David Sills)
4:00 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7:00 p.m. Faculty Panel and Dessert Reception
FRIDAY | August 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. Session 5 | From Eden to the New Jerusalem: Missions in History (Zane Pratt)
10:30 a.m. Session 6 | The Local Church as Sent and Sender (Jeff Walters)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session 7 | Missionary Strategies: Word and Deed (Jeff Walters)
3:00 p.m. Session 8 | Trends and Issues for Missionaries and Churches (Zane Pratt & Jeff Walters)
To register for SBTS’s Alumni Academy event, “Introduction to Global Missions,” click here.
Southern Seminary also provides video lectures from all past Alumni Academy seminars, which can be found here.