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Capital Campaign

Fulfilling the Great Commission 

From Our President

About the Campaign

A three-phase, decade-long campaign - Scholarship on Fire - was approved by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2002 with an overall goal of $50 million.  Phase one concluded in July of 2005 with over $17 million raised, outstripping the initial goal of $16.5 million.  The most visible fruit of that labor – the seminary’s flagship academic building, Paige and Dorothy Patterson Hall – was dedicated in October.

On April 15, 2008, Southeastern’s trustees unanimously approved plans for the second phase of the school’s decade-long fundraising campaign, with a stated goal of $17 million and a focus on “Fulfilling the Great Commission” which is reflective of the school’s mission statement.

Projects to be funded through the campaign include renovations to the school’s library, scholarships for undergraduate students, endowed faculty chairs, and the school’s Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies, among others.

Dennis Darville, vice president for institutional advancement, said the board’s approval was an endorsement of more than just a dollar amount, but was an endorsement of President Akin and the faculty’s vision to ensure every Southeastern classroom is a Great Commission classroom.

“The outcome of this campaign will be that Southeastern is better equipped to train up godly pastors, missionaries and Christian leaders across all of our degree programs,” he said. “It is humbling to see how God is working here and how He is raising up students to accomplish His will.”

“Fundamentally, this campaign is not about money,” Akin said. “It is about fulfilling the Great Commission by equipping students to serve the church and spread the fame of the Lord Jesus Christ by every Christ-honoring means possible. We never tire of dreaming about the advance of the gospel.  We need and pray for godly men and women to catch this vision and support us generously in this endeavor.”

Contact Information
Phone: 1-866-917-3287 or (919) 761-2202
Mail: Office of Financial Development
P.O. Box 1889
Wake Forest, NC 27588

Dear friends and supporters of Southeastern:

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the campaign for Southeastern and our focus on Fulfilling the Great Commission.  This portion of our website is dedicated to explaining why we encourage you to support Southeastern.  It also features many tax-preferred ways of contributing to the work Jesus is doing in and through our faculty, staff, and students both at home and around the world.

Private giving undergirds everything we do.  By way of the Cooperative Program, millions of Southern Baptists support the training of God-called men and women for Christian service every year.  We never forget this.

This website outlines the basics on how you can help us meet needs and capitalize on opportunities which exceed our current budget.  The joys of serving as the president at Southeastern are many, but one of the most challenging parts of my job is declining reasonable budget requests because funds are not available. 

Opportunities to make a significant impact here are abundant.  More and more students are responding to God’s call to international missions.  Others are stepping up to proactively defend the faith in an increasingly secular society.  Thousands more are learning to accurately proclaim the Word of God.  When you support Southeastern, you make a Kingdom investment – an investment we take seriously and pledge to use wisely.

God is on the move here. The Lord uses special gifts from people like you to make the difference between dreaming about possibilities and doing what he intends. Thank you for considering Southeastern, and thank you for helping us as we seek to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission.

Gratefully yours,
Daniel L. Akin

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Post Office Box 1889
  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
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  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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