Global Theological Initiative


The Global Theological Initiative seeks to employ the resources of SEBTS to benefit theological education through strategic partnerships around the world.

  • Leadership training on five continents.

  • Partner with majority world, national entities such as denominational conventions, mission boards, seminaries, and Bible colleges.

  • Develop and deliver theological training where none existed.

  • Adjunctively teach for national entities in times of development.

  • Train partner faculty to enhance their institution’s capability to deliver high quality training to the larger populations of national local church leaders within their context.

  • Provide institutional assessment of accreditation, distance learning, libraries, IT, curriculum, etc.

  • Deliver contextualized master’s level training to strategic faculty members, administrators, denominational, missions and local church leaders and trainers. 

Our SEBTS GTI cohorts are made up of proven, positioned and potential denomination, convention, and theological school leaders. These cohorts seek to achieve the SEBTS mission by equipping strategic leaders for the church and mission field. The intentional purpose of this program is not simply to benefit the individual student participating in this cohort. It is to train national leaders, teachers, pastors, and missionaries who covenant to take what they have been given and entrust it to the next generation of faithful church members and leaders. We consider not only “how”, but “why”. GTI is driven by a missiology that leads to the nationalization of leadership, theological training, and long term reproducibility.

  • The focus is quality and not just quantity.

  • This is a longer-term approach for multiplication as these graduates teach others.

  • This is sequential progress as commanded in II Timothy 2:2.

  • Courses are offered in language, when possible.

  • The initial students serve as cultural mediators and translators for the content being delivered to them by those outside their context.

  • The GTI process helps to develop leaders with self-theologizing capability.

  1. Potential partners complete the GTI application process.

  2. GTI leadership meets with and discusses the strategic potential and possibility of a partnership.

  3. If approved, a Memo of Understanding agreement is developed that clearly defines and articulates what is expected from both partners as well as a stated end or review date.

  4. A pre-determined, contextualized curriculum map for the entire degree program is developed in collaboration with the partner.

  5. Contextual electives are selected to address specific needs or issues related to the partner’s specific situations.

  6. Contextual pricing and scholarships, if possible, are decided.

  7. Students are admitted through a carefully defined selection matrix of proven, positioned and potential leaders who are and/or must serve as trainers with our partners for their national church leaders.

**These cohorts are not open to the public nor are they extension centers of Southeastern.** 

**They are leadership development cohorts of very specific and very qualified distance learning students with occasional face-to-face course offerings in context. **

  1. Cohorts study in separate course sections designed in cooperation with our partner to be as contextual as possible.

**From reading and writing, to the lectures themselves, classes are created with this specific group and goals in mind. **

Other aspects of partnerships might include institutional assessment and consultation in areas such as: ongoing faculty development, distance learning, technology, accreditation, library, physical property, institutional advancement, and administration.

In addition, Southeastern student and professor mission trips to work alongside the students of partner entities in their local ministry contexts or to teach at the entity itself, can take place. 

GTI Application

Example Partnerships


SEBTS has had a long standing friendship with key leaders in Brazil. The first cohort of students graduated in February 2016.


“If theological education is to genuinely become the responsibility of the indigenous believers of East Africa, it is essential that we train a generation of African theologians to the highest international Standards. The Masters course provided by SEBTS is vital as a stepping stone toward identifying those students able to move to the next level.” –Adjunct teacher for UBS cohort


“We praise God for the partnership with SEBTS. Through this partnership, SEBTS is coming alongside Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary and training our faculty and other church leaders in Ukraine to provide high quality education that is accredited.” –Dean of Theology at UBTS

Hong Kong

“I am committed to attend all the courses until I complete the program as I know that what I am learning is not only helping me, but it is giving me very practical tools to serve God and His people better, more confidently, and more broadly.”-Student in our program


“The quality of the training is excellent. It has been a tremendous blessing for our students.”- MTS Program Coordinator in Mexico

Offices of The Global Theological Initiative

Hispanic Leadership Development

Persian Leadership Development

The Center for Great Commission Studies

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Our Mission: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.

120 S. Wingate St • Wake Forest, NC 27587 • Phone: (919) 761-2100