For several New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students, this year was not your typical Mardi Gras.
NEW ORLEANS – For several New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students, this year was not your typical Mardi Gras.
Eleven Unlimited Partnerships students from NOBTS spent their Mardi Gras vacation networking with Southern Baptist leaders.
They were joined by three students from Southern California Seminary in El Cajon, Calif., affiliated with Shadow Mountain Community Church and Dr. David Jeremiah.
On Feb. 22-24, these students visited LifeWay Christian Resources, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, all in Nashville, Tenn., and the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, a suburb of Atlanta, Ga.
This trip was designed to connect young leaders with experienced leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention.
“We believe that our churches and denomination as a whole will grow stronger as we dialogue and learn from each other,” said Bill Taylor, president of Unlimited Partnerships. “I want our students to have opportunities to meet people they may not otherwise meet and thus be challenged to think broader about their ministries.”
Students received specialized training dealing with Sunday school and specific age group ministries in the church and also had the opportunity to interact with key leaders from each entity, including SBC Executive Director Morris Chapman. They also learned more about the history of Southern Baptists and the Cooperative Program.
“This trip helped me appreciate more of who Southern Baptists are,” said Aylwin Woleng, a UP student serving in California.
“The biggest thing for me from this trip was realizing that the people who work in these places are just that – people,” said Kenneth Seal, one of the UP students from NOBTS. “They’re not special beyond how God made them. They’re just called to serve, just like the rest of us who serve in local churches. They just serve in a different arena.”
Students involved with Unlimited Partnerships serve on staff in local churches as ministers of education, focusing on the areas of evangelism, discipleship, starting new Bible study units, and leadership development.
Sponsoring churches pay their salaries, provide mentoring, and partner with the local church on missions.
Unlimited Partnerships’ goal is to train leaders to effectively serve churches by providing on-the-job experience, mentoring, and networking. For more information on serving in an UP role, providing a place of ministry for an UP student, or sponsoring an UP student, contact Unlimited Partnerships at 225.202.1816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.