BJU Seminary has launched All-In for Ministry Education, a community of pastors and friends to help advance the Seminary’s strategic vision of putting 500 pastors on the path to the pulpit in the next five years — and every five years after that.
Members of the All-In community are exhorted to get behind the 500 x 5 x 5 vision — and the Seminary’s plan to achieve it — in three ways:
- Promote: Share the 500 x 5 x 5 vision and the plan to achieve it and invite others to join the All-In community.
- Support: Contribute regularly to the Seminary through a range of giving opportunities that will be presented to the community and uphold the Seminary and its vision in prayer.
- Attract: Identify and recruit outstanding ministry prospects.
At the same time, the Seminary is seeking to fulfill its commitment to serve the Church by providing All-In members:
- Moderated online communities to share experiences and find mentors and support,
- Exclusive thought leadership and resources for ministering to today’s challenged church,
- Special events and conferences, and
- Reduced-cost remote access to select classes and training.
To share resources and facilitate community interaction, All-In invites potential members to join one of two Facebook communities (participation will be approved by moderators):
- For pastors at facebook.com/groups/allinforpastors/
- For lay friends and supporters at facebook.com/groups/allinministryeducation/
Dr. Alan Benson, Bob Jones University executive vice president who oversees the Seminary, said, “Ministry education is on the move at BJU Seminary, and All-In for Ministry Education is making it happen — by leveraging the talents, commitment, support and especially the prayers of BJU grads, friends and like-minded pastors to achieve our 500 x 5 x 5 vision of providing the next generation of Word-proclaiming preachers.”
Continued Benson, “At the same time, through All-In we want to provide resources, encouragement and mentoring to help pastors through the tough challenges they face every day. The Lord has commanded us to send laborers into His harvest. We will be asking the All-In community to join us is supporting these men in the most important way — bathing them in prayer.”
Leadership Announces Key Steps in Plan to Achieve Vision
With the All-In launch, BJU Seminary Dean Neal Cushman announced several initiatives in the plan to achieve the 500 x 5 x 5 vision:
- Program: The rollout over the coming months of a series of new scholarships, with a goal of raising $1 million a year toward this end.
- People: An expanded operations team to accommodate increased enrollment, an enhanced student experience, and an elevated profile, including:
- Andrew Minnick, director for Seminary academics and enrollment
- Moriah Woodruff, recruitment, events and operations coordinator
- Bob Maistros, communications lead
- Lauren Flower, communications coordinator and content specialist
- Graduate assistants Chris Harmony, communications and social media specialist; Bethany Canterbury, Seminary academic assistant; and Taylor Sams, recruitment and operations specialist.
- Plant: Nearly $200,000 in upgrades to classrooms, community and study spaces, and technology
- Profile: New forward-looking recruiting collateral and website and other digital upgrades.
About BJU Seminary
BJU Seminary is a prominent conservative graduate school of theology and ministry based in Greenville, South Carolina. Part of Bob Jones University, BJU Seminary features a world-class faculty of 25 full-time and adjunct professors recognized as specialists in fields ranging across theology, ministry, apologetics, counseling and missions. BJU Seminary offers full-time, flexible graduate programs, certificates and badges with concentrations in Bible translation and linguistics (intercultural studies); church ministry, church planting and revitalization; biblical and systematic theology, Old Testament interpretation, New Testament interpretation (PhD concentrations); chaplaincy and church worship.
BJU Seminary places a premium on:
- Accessibility, with a complete range of offerings in full-time residence, in modules, via livestream and through BJU’s School for Continuing, Online and Professional Education (SCOPE), and
- Affordability, with among the lowest per-credit-hour costs of any conservative seminary and a wide array of financial assistance offerings.