Florida’s theological education prepares leaders to minister in today’s world
Nov 15, 2012
By FLBaptist STAFF

ORLANDO (FBC)—Florida Baptist theological education students and graduates say their time at The Baptist College of Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension centers is equipping them for ministry in today’s world while permitting them to continue serving in their current ministry positions within the state. 

As a young Christian, Tom Beaton found his education at the NOBTS Orlando extension center allowed him to quickly and thoroughly learn the basics of Christianity, while helping him grow spiritually, and giving him in-depth knowledge in all areas of the faith.

Now as young adult pastor at Dover Shores Baptist Church in Orlando, Beaton said earning his Master of Divinity has “proven to be priceless in helping high school and college students build their knowledge and confidence in why they believe what they believe.” 

“My time at NOBTS helped me learn to proclaim the truth in humility and love, and how to equip others to effectively share their faith with those around them,” Beaton added.

Sharon Hodges, a senior at BCF Orlando’s distance learning site, ministers through the women’s jail ministry at her church. Through her college studies and dialogue with professors and students, Hodges, a member of First Baptist Church in Orlando, said she feels better equipped to engage in real-world conversations with the inmates she teaches. 

“This deeper level of equipping allows me to pass on what I am learning and see the change God’s truth makes in people’s lives,” Hodges said.

Florida Baptist Theological Education Ministries partners with BCF and NOBTS to provide extension centers and distance sites for collegiate, seminary and doctoral theological studies throughout the state. This joint effort is a Cooperative Program ministry of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Courses are available on six educational levels—diploma, certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master, and professional doctorate. Classes are offered in three languages in Pensa­cola, Graceville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Brandon, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale. 

Now is the time for students interest­ed in pursuing a theological education while remaining in Florida to enroll and register for the Spring 2013 semester. Financial aid is available for most students.

To learn more about theological education opportunities, call the Orlando Theological Education Hub at 407-514-4413 or email OrlandoHub@Gmail.

com. Visit www.flbaptist.org, www.nobts.edu, or www.baptistcollege.edu for more information.

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