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Seminary Training

The SBCV cooperates with the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention to pool their resources to support the work of the six theological seminaries. The Convention operates these seminaries to train its ministers and Christian workers. The six are:


The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

in Louisville, Kentucky (founded in 1859)


Visit the SBTS Website

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

in Fort Worth, Texas (1908)


Visit the SWBTS Website

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

in New Orleans, Louisiana (1917)


Visit the NOBTS Website

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

in Mill Valley, California (1944)


Visit the GGBTS Website

The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

in Wake Forest, North Carolina (1951)


Visit the SEBTS Website

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

in Kansas City, Missouri (1957)


Visit the MBTS Website


MISSION: 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.

Collectively the six seminaries have been given a challenging mission: “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.”

Seminary-trained students are trained to go and evangelize, baptize, disciple, and teach individuals across the nation and around the world (Matthew 28:18-20). The Convention has committed itself to provide seminary education and training at the lowest cost possible so graduates are not burdened with debt as they embark on this noble quest.

The six seminaries are funded in part by the Convention’s Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program helps fund ministries and missions through cooperating state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention. About 22 percent of all Cooperative Program contributions received by the Southern Baptist Convention are directed to the six theological seminaries and the SBC Historical Library and Archives. In addition, the seminaries are supported by endowments, donations, tuition, and fees.

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