A Southern Baptist Seminary in Texas changed the name of its undergraduate college for the second time since its founding in 2005.
The new name, Texas Baptist College, has a state feel, but neither Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary nor its undergraduate college is directly affiliated with the state Baptist convention which also bears the nickname “Texas Baptists.” .
The new school website address is www.texasbaptist.com, which is a different letter from the web address for the Texas Baptist General Convention, which is www.texasbaptists.com Where www.texasbaptists.org.
The BGCT is the historic convention predominantly South Texas Baptists, although it includes a number of congregations that identify more with the state convention than the national body or that identify with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship or the one of the Black Baptist National Historic Conventions. A separate state convention, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, was formed in 1998 to serve those who feared the BGCT would maintain sufficiently close ties to the Southern Baptist Convention.
The BGCT lists 10 colleges and universities among its partner institutions. These include big names such as Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, and Houston Baptist University, among others. The state agreement only applies to Southwestern Seminary – and therefore Texas Baptist College – through its voluntary partnership with the SBC.
President of the South West Seminary Adam Greenway announced the new name of the Fort Worth-based college on June 9.
A press release quoted Benjamin Skaug, who became dean of the college on Jan. 1, as saying, “Texas Baptist College exists to glorify God by providing trustworthy Christian higher education for more faithful kingdom service.
The phenomenon of SBC seminars – which have traditionally focused on higher education – also hosting undergraduate colleges is relatively new.
The phenomenon of SBC seminars – which have traditionally focused on higher education – also hosting undergraduate colleges is relatively new. The trend started in 1994 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, which launched what is now called The College in the South-East.
This direct competition with affiliated colleges and the universities of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina have helped to distract these existing schools from the state’s convention and loyalty to the SBC.
This growth in undergraduate education occurred at the same time that graduate seminars were facing stagnant or declining enrollment. Although SBC seminars previously offered certificates and preparatory courses, they had not organized large-scale undergraduate programs.
Today, Texas Baptist College offers seven streams, including associate’s degrees in Christian studies or the humanities, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Christian studies, humanities, performance, worship studies, or music.
In its most recent report on registration data, which covers the year 2019-2020, Southwestern reported 219 students in its undergraduate and certificate programs, making the school a fraction of the size of even the smallest universities affiliated with the BGCT.
Fort Worth College was first named The College at Southwestern, and then in 2017 was renamed LR Scarborough College, in honor of the seminary’s second president. Greenway said the latest name change was not to ignore Scarborough’s legacy, but to continue Scarborough’s focus on Baptist education in Texas.
“LR Scarborough, among other things, was a prominent Texas Baptist who was committed to achieving this state with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to perpetuating the best of our identity and our Baptist idiosyncrasies,” he said. -he declares.
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