Global Theological Initiatives


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

  • Leadership training on six continents.
  • Partnerships with majority world, national entities such as denominational conventions, seminaries, and Bible colleges.
  • Theological training where none existed.
  • Adjunctive teaching for national entities in times of development
  • Training for faculty to enhance their institution’s capabilities to deliver high quality training to the larger populations of national local church leaders within their context.
  • Institutional assessments of libraries, IT, curriculum, etc.
  • Master’s level training to strategic faculty/administrator/key strategic denominational and local church leaders/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 and discipling 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 and long term reproducibility.

  • The focus is quality and not quantity.
  • 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. Memos of Understanding agreements with the partners establish a pre-determined curriculum map for the entire degree program developed in collaboration with the partner.
  2. Contextual electives are selected to address specific needs or issues related to their specific situations.
  3. Contextual pricing is decided.
  4. 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.
  5. Cohorts study in separate, course sections designed in cooperation with our partner to be as contextual as possible.
  6. 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 sends students and professors on mission trips to work alongside the students of partner entities in their local ministry contexts, which can include teaching at the entity itself.

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