New Southeastern Church Fellowship Fosters Great Commission Partnerships
Chad Burchett | January 23, 2024
With a vision for Great Commission partnerships, Southeastern Seminary announces its new Southeastern Church Fellowship to promote cooperation among churches and between churches and the seminary. The Church Fellowship will provide a common space for collaboration, learning, and networking through quarterly meetings and trainings designed to resource leaders, invite dialogue, and fuel Great Commission initiatives.
The driving mission of the Church is to make disciples who make disciples. As a Great Commission seminary, Southeastern seeks to partner in this mission and serve the Church by biblically and theologically equipping students as disciple makers in their local churches. The new Southeastern Church Fellowship is an exciting expression of this partnership, inviting churches to come together around a common vision for equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
“I’m glad to participate in the Southeastern Church Fellowship because it promotes kingdom-mindedness and camaraderie among local churches and pastors,” shared Carson Cobb, lead pastor of North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. “These are challenging days for ministers, and the Church Fellowship provides space to bear one another’s burdens, support one another, and remember that we all serve on ‘team Jesus’ as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission together.”
Comprised of over 40 churches committed to Southeastern and its mission, the Church Fellowship gives churches across several states a common space to dialogue and strategically partner with each other and with Southeastern.
“The Southeastern Church Fellowship is a representative body of the broader Southern Baptist Convention,” commented Drew Davis, director of financial and alumni development at Southeastern. “We seek to share with this group how we are honoring our commitment to the convention while simultaneously seeking their recommendations on how we can better serve and partner with the Church in equipping students for Great Commission ministry at home and abroad.”
The Church Fellowship will be hosted on campus four times throughout the year for institutional meetings and for times of fellowship, networking, and training. These quarterly meetings offer churches opportunities for input and collaborative dialogue with Southeastern while also giving church leaders access to resources and training for ongoing ministry.
“These quarterly gatherings offer an opportunity for our senior leadership and faculty to provide encouragement and equipping for pastors and church leaders,” noted Davis. “We also hope these gatherings provide an avenue for networking and cooperation among member churches, fueling lasting Great Commission partnerships.”
To learn more about the Church Fellowship and how your church can get involved, visit sebts.edu/southeastern-church-fellowship, or contact Southeastern’s Church Relations Officer, Jonathan Vaughn, at [email protected].