Southeastern Celebrates Great Commission Gifts for Giving Tuesday
Chad Burchett | November 30, 2022
This week, more than 350 donors supported Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Great Commission mission on Giving Tuesday.
As a Great Commission seminary, Southeastern exists to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission. Together, we train students to obey Jesus’s final marching orders and to do so with a strong biblical and theological foundation that sustains and motivates a lifetime of faithful ministry. Accomplishing this mission of Great Commission theological education would not be possible, however, without the support of generous donors who share this mission.
On November 29, Southeastern invited Great Commission donors to participate in its 2022 Giving Tuesday initiative. In less than twenty-four hours, more than 350 Southeastern students, alumni, and friends have given over 200,000 dollars and counting to support the ongoing Great Commission efforts of Southeastern.
“Thank you to all those who have given to support Southeastern on Giving Tuesday,” shared President Danny Akin. “Because you give, we continue to offer students a world-class biblical, theological, and ministerial education at the lowest costs, equipping thousands of students each year to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission. Because you give, we GO.”
Thank you to all those who have given to support Southeastern on Giving Tuesday.
Over the last several years, Giving Tuesday donations have contributed more than 1.25 million dollars to Southeastern’s Great Commission efforts. The donations already given this week significantly add to this total, enabling Southeastern to continue training more students. As a part of this year’s Giving Tuesday initiative, generous donors have agreed to match up to 250,000 dollars in financial gifts to Southeastern.
“Forty-five perecent of gifts to the Southeastern Fund are given between November 1 and December 31, and Giving Tuesday is a major motivator for many of our alumni and friends that feel led to support Southeastern’s mission,” commented Drew Davis, Director of Financial and Alumni Development. “Every dollar given to the Southeastern Fund helps to offset operation costs, which is one less dollar we need to raise through tuition. It is our missiological imperative to graduate students with a burden for the nations and not a burden of debt. We are extremely grateful for every gift and every donor that make this possible.”
During Giving Tuesday, hundreds of students wrote thank you notes in the Ledford Center to express their appreciation to donors. Southeastern’s students, staff, faculty, and executive leadership are all deeply grateful for the prayers, calls, posts, and gifts from our Southeastern friends and family.
“One of the great joys of being president at Southeastern is hearing how our students are serving King Jesus across our country and around the world,” noted Akin. “God is using the Great Commission mission and vision of Southeastern to mobilize disciple-making students in rural towns, urban centers, and hard to reach countries. By giving to support these students and Southeastern’s mission, generous donors like you play a significant role in strengthening the Church and reaching the nations.”
God is using the Great Commission mission and vision of Southeastern to mobilize disciple-making students in rural towns, urban centers, and hard to reach countries.
Together, we train students to go and make disciples across the country and around the world. Join us through the month of December as we continue this Great Commission giving initiative. Gift-matching has been extended through the month of December, so your gifts through the end of the year can have double the impact. To give or to learn more about how your giving can have an eternal Great Commission effect, visit sebts.edu/give.