FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – During a global summit at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Aug. 9, SBC executive committee president Frank Page urged educational leaders from Spanish-speaking nations to cooperate with one another and with Southern Baptists in their mission to train the pastors and missionaries of the future.
"I believe God is calling us to do the mission that we do together,” Page said. “That is why I am so glad that you are here. I have a vision for reaching the world, but it will only happen when we understand each other and work together. … Let us remember that we have a mission, and that mission is best done when we work together."
Nearly 60 church leaders and seminary educators from the Hispanic world gathered on Southwestern’s campus, Aug. 6-10, for a summit developed by the seminary’s Global Theological Innovation (GTI) program. Participants came from such diverse nations as Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Honduras, Uruguay, Guatemala, Columbia, Venezuela and Cuba. During this international summit, these leaders conferred about the development of partnerships that they hope will enrich theological education among Baptists around the world.
According to Daniel Sanchez, professor of missions, Southwestern Seminary has worked alongside Baptist educators in Hispanic nations for more than 20 years. But this summit, Sanchez said, set a milestone in global cooperation among Baptist schools.
“What is historic about this meeting,” Sanchez said, “is that this is the first time this many seminaries from Latin America and Spain have come together to become better acquainted with one another, share information, discuss ways of cooperating, and initiate the process of forming a Baptist seminary consortium.”
Sanchez added that this GTI network “can have a great impact in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, resulting in the growth of the Kingdom throughout the world.” While this summit involved only a Hispanic consortium, the seminary is committed to partnering with leaders in theological education who work across the globe.
While speaking at the summit, Page reminded his listeners that their labor for theological education should be devoted ultimately to the Lord.
“All of this is because we have a Master, and His name is Jesus Christ,” Page said. “Great seminaries point to Christ. Great churches point to Christ. So let us love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. … This conference, I hope, will always point to Jesus Christ. He is the reason we are here. And so we do what we do for His glory. Gloria a Dios!"
After this session of the summit, Page commended Southwestern Seminary—under the leadership of Southwestern president Paige Patterson and Sanchez—for encouraging this cooperative task.
“The apostle Paul talked about the partnership in the Gospel in Philippians 1, and I feel like this is a similar partnership, as we join seminaries from Latin America,” Page said. “It was energizing to me to see the energy in the room, the spirit of partnership. … I am thankful for the partnership for the Gospel that we see exemplified here.”