Southeastern plans for new student center
October 18 2002 by Jimmy Allen , BR Assistant Editor

Southeastern plans for new student center | Friday, Oct. 18, 2002
  • Trustees approved a two-year program called Master of Arts in Christian Ethics. Patterson said the seminary has gotten requests from representatives of parachurch groups in the Washington, D.C., area who wanted some training in ethics for the national workplace. SEBTS is the only institution on earth with three ethicists, he said.
  • Trustees approved two new degree programs in biblical counseling. The purpose of the programs is to train students who will serve in churches, not as licensed counselors, Patterson said. The programs represent a concentrated effort to develop a program that is more straightforward in seeking answers to people's problems in the Bible. Patterson described Christian counseling, in contrast to biblical counseling, as a Freudian or secular approach with a Christian veneer.

    "The single largest problem in life today is still sin," Patterson said.

  • During a devotion at the beginning of the Oct. 15 session, Emir Caner, an assistant professor of church history and Anabaptist studies, read Acts 8:1-8 and noted the persecution the early church experienced from the Jewish leaders, including Saul. As in the days of Stephen, religious persecution today can come from within the body of believers, he said. Caner warned the trustees of persecution "from the left."

    He also told a story about a judge in Pakistan who had ordered 2,000 Christians to be killed for violating a pro-Muslim law. The judge then accepted Jesus Christ, and the judge has since led 700 people to faith in Jesus, Caner said.

  • Tim Lewis from Troy, Ill., was elected chairman. He replaces Coy Privette of Kannapolis who served two one-year terms. Jimmy Jacumin of Icard was elected vice chairman. Jim Goldston of Raleigh was elected secretary, and Philip Mercer of Columbia, Md., was elected treasurer.
  • Enrollment for the fall semester is 1,992 students, Patterson said. That figure is the seminary's highest for a fall semester, he said. For the year, he expects 2,400 different students to take classes.
  • Patterson told the trustees he expects them to be "nosy." So often trustees are so honored to be elected to the position they don't take the opportunity to look around. He encouraged trustees to talk to students and visit classes unannounced.
  • Friday, Oct. 18, 2002

    Southeastern plans for new student center

    By Jimmy Allen BR Assistant Editor

    WAKE FOREST - Plans for a new student center at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary were approved by trustees Oct. 15.

    Trustees voted unanimously to proceed with the development of the three-story brick building on the site which formerly held the seminary cafeteria and Ruby Reid Child Development Center buildings. Those buildings were demolished over the summer.

    Ryan Hutchinson, vice president of administration, said the new 39,000-square-foot building would include food services, a coffee shop, a computer lab and a commons area/banquet facility on the bottom floor; a book store, copy center, student services offices on the main floor; and classrooms on the top floor. One of those classrooms will seat 120-130 people. Four other classrooms will seat between 50-70 students each. The classrooms will be constructed with modern technology. Retrofitting existing classrooms with the modern technology is sometimes difficult, he said.

    The building is the first part of a 10-year $50 million fund-raising campaign the trustees approved at their spring meeting. The campaign is called "Scholarship on Fire."

    Bart Neal, vice president of institutional advancement, told trustees on Oct. 14 that Jim Jacumin of Icard and Jim Goldston of Raleigh will serve as co-chairmen of the overall campaign.

    "Both men are committed to our Lord and this seminary," Neal said.

    In the first 12 weeks of the campaign, $4.4 million was raised, a consultant said.

    Neal encouraged the trustees to make pledges to the campaign. "You will set the course for others," he said.

    A recruitment of support from the faculty has already began. In January, a campaign to seek pledges from other staff will begin, Neal said. The steering committee will also focus on cities like Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston.

    "Like Dr. (Paige) Patterson said last spring, we're going to have to step on our tiptoes (to reach this goal)," Neal said.

    Patterson, who is president of the seminary, said he will refrain from teaching any classes next spring so he can devote time to meeting with potential donors. A consultant last spring said Patterson's popularity would require him to take an active role in raising the funds.

    The first phase goal of the campaign is $16.5 million.

    Construction of the new building could begin as early as next summer, Hutchinson said. The next day, a trustee asked Patterson when the seminary could break ground on the building.

    "We'll see what you put on the cards this morning," Patterson said in reply, referring to the trustees' pledges to the campaign.

    The seminary administration plans to create a new campus quad on the west side of what is now the main part of the campus. A new library building is planned to eventually anchor the new quad.

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