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SBU trustees approve master's degree in Christian ministry

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University’s board of trustees approved the addition of a master of arts in Christian ministry degree during the board’s Oct. 18 meeting.

“With our master of arts in Christian ministry, we intend to prepare men and women who are called to the ministry to apply theological studies to kingdom initiatives that build up the Church and contribute to the welfare of the community,” said Dr. Rodney Reeves, dean of The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry and professor of biblical studies. “Our master of arts in Christian ministry is a practical theology degree. What is segregated in undergraduate and seminary studies (courses in theology versus courses in ministry) is fully integrated in our curriculum.”

The 42-hour degree can be completed in one year by students who receive an undergraduate degree within the Redford College and dual-enroll in graduate courses during their final year of undergraduate studies. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in theology, biblical studies or ministry can complete the program in two years.

“Successful students will want to correlate their theological study with practical ministry, developing a philosophy of ministry based on the conviction that the Church exists to promote the Kingdom of God,” Reeves said. “The program will enable students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life challenges in ministry.”

Pending further approval by the Higher Learning Commission, courses will be offered beginning Fall 2017.

Philanthropy Hall of Fame

Three donors were approved for induction into the SBU Philanthropy Hall of Fame that recognizes individuals and foundations who have provided significant financial support to the University. Minimum contributions for consideration are $500,000 for an individual or couple and $1 million for a corporation or foundation.

Being inducted this year are:

  • The late Lora Elaine Simpson
  • Dr. Elsie and the late Glen Blair
  • Mabee Foundation

Additionally, the board approved a mini-campaign to raise funds for the renovation of Beasley Hall, accepted the FY 2015-16 audit and adopted the 2016-17 budget.