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Great Commission Equipping Network

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Steven P. Wade
Director of Great Commission Equipping Network

Matthew Emerson
Administrative Support

Stephens-Mackie Hall, 1st Floor, East Wing
(919) 761-2460

GCEN Purpose
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To partner with local churches and para-church organizations to provide practical theological training through internships.

GCEN Goals
SEBTS seeks to identify local churches and para-church organizations that have internship programs which reflect a commitment to our mission to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. Our goals are:
  • To provide the highest level of theological training in conjunction with local churches and para-church organizations;
  • To provide opportunities for churches and organizations to help students who are called to the ministry begin, continue or complete their theological education while firmly tied to local ministry;
  • To develop healthy, working relationships between SEBTS and church/para-church organizations;
  • To develop the GCEN as a network of mutually edifying relationships in which all participants communicate, encourage, teach, and challenge one another.

GCEN Information
The Great Commission Equipping Network has three levels of participation. The majority of participants are Partners who provide mentoring and training for our students in their field ministry experience. Some participants are Members. These are typically churches that have leaders who are qualified to co-teach classes relative to pastoral and/or church planting training with SEBTS professors. A few participants have SEBTS faculty members in their organization who assist or lead the internship program. These Centers have additional opportunities to offer various occasional classes through their internship program.
GCEN Partner
A training site where a student can participate in an internship and gain significant ministry experience and mentorship from a qualified supervisor. Depending on the requirements and length of the internship, a student can earn up to 9 credit hours by participating in an internship with one of SEBTS’ GCEN Partners.

GCEN Members
A church or organization that has a leader with both the qualifications and a strong desire to co-teach a limited number of practical ministry courses along with a SEBTS professor. Depending on the requirements, length of internship, and qualifications of the leader, a student can earn up to 18 credit hours by participating in an internship with one of SEBTS’ GCEN Members.

GCEN Centers
A church or organization that has a SEBTS faculty member participating in the Center. In addition to other credit hours, these Centers have the option to offer occasional courses relative to the field of the faculty member.

If you are interested in more information about our GCEN, you can either contact the GCEN Office ( or 919-761-2460) or check them out on your own:

Bayleaf Baptist Church
Contact: Jeff Meyer
12200 Bayleaf Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27614

Calvary Baptist Church
Contact: Will Toburen
5000 Country Club Rd.       
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
(336) 765-5542

Crosspoint Church
Contact: Jeremy Chasteen
1019 Tiger Blvd.
Clemson, SC 29631
(864) 653-3045

Englewood Baptist Church
Contact: Michael Cloer
1350 S. Winstead Street   
Rocky Mount,    NC 27803
(252) 937-8254

FBC Durham
Contact: Andy Winn
414 Cleveland Street       
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 688-7308

Grace Baptist Church
Contact: Kyle Smith
11610 Durant Road       
Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 676-8445

Grey Stone Baptist Church
Contact: Randall Floyd
2601 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2281

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Contact: Joe Easterling
7600 Falls of Neuse Rd.       
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-0160

North Wake Church
Contact: Jeff Doyle
1212 S. Main Street       
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 556-1546

Open Door Baptist Church
Contact: Dwayne Milioni
9801 Durant Road       
Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 847-6969

Providence Baptist Church

Contact: Thomas West
6339 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 326-3000

Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Contact: Mark Francis
1104 Milton Rd.       
Durham, NC 27712
(919) 477-5426

The Summit Church
Contact: David Thompson
2335-114 Presidential Dr.
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 383-7100

Wake Crossroads Baptist Church
Contact: Randy Mann
3329 Forestville Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
(919) 266-2957

If you are interested in leading your church to become an Equipping Center, go here.

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