"This Week on the Hill" is a weekly roundup of campus news, announcements, and events from Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College.
Fall 2020 promises to be a semester like none other at Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College, and we are grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside our students during this season.
In honor of this new semester, here's a message from our president, Adam W. Greenway.
Don't forget your mask
Face coverings are required to be worn by all students, faculty, staff, and guests in all common spaces on campus. While face masks are best, in the case of a medical or ADA accommodation, a Face Shield may be approved through the office of the Dean of Students.
Click below to review the full list of COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols for campus life this semester.
Southwestern Seminary mourns the death of Tony Maalouf
Tony Maalouf, senior professor of world Christianity and Middle Eastern studies in the Roy J. Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Aug. 26 after an extended illness. He was 65.
“The Southwestern Seminary community mourns the loss of our colleague Tony Maalouf,” said President Adam W. Greenway. “I’m grateful for his passion for missions and for his years of effective service in the Kingdom, especially in taking the Gospel to those of Islamic background. The passing of Dr. Maalouf coming so soon after the unexpected death of his Fish School colleague Dr. Brent Ray has compounded the grief of their colleagues, but it also underscores the urgency of the task of reaching the world for Christ.”Read more here.
Southwestern Seminary launches Women’s Leadership Institute
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has launched a new Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), which offers a variety of certificate programs for women serving in any ministry, leadership, or life context—and Illinois Baptists are already partnering with the program.
These certificate programs will equip women in the work to which they are each individually called, according to Terri Stovall, dean of women and professor of women’s ministries. She says the programs are designed with a focus to equip any woman in any context to be “biblically grounded, theologically strengthened, and practically equipped.”
“All believers, including women, should be lifelong learners and lifelong teachers,” Stovall says. “For women, especially, we must be intentional about seeking out those opportunities that work within the various life seasons we find ourselves.”
Due to the availability of flexible programs such as those found within the WLI, Stovall says, “there is really no excuse for a woman not to continue to learn and grow, which benefits the woman, her family, her church, and her community.”
For the student wife or minister’s wife, three certificate programs are available, including one that will meet spouse requirements for service with the International Mission Board. These courses are offered to students in a six-week format and are available in both a residential and asynchronous online setting. Courses are offered at a reduced rate but are not eligible for transfer into a degree program.Read more here.
Greenway encourages students to trust in God in times of uncertainty
“The coronavirus pandemic did not catch God by surprise,” said President Adam W. Greenway during a fall 2020 “opening message” to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Scarborough College community, Aug. 26. “And if anything, I think one of the things that we are learning to do is to more fully trust Him; to rely upon Him; to cast ourselves upon Him.”
Though Southwestern Seminary’s Fort Worth campus officially reopened for the fall 2020 semester on Aug. 17, COVID-19-related safety protocols prevented the opportunity for a convocation service that traditionally begins the semester. Instead, the seminary released a video message from Greenway in which he delivered “a presidential and a pastoral word of encouragement.”Read more here.
Virtual preaching conference advocates sermon-based small groups for church revitalization
A virtual preaching conference hosted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Center for Church Revitalization, Aug. 20, advocated and explained the use of sermon-based small groups in church revitalization. In such a model, a church’s small groups and Sunday School classes focus on discussing the preacher’s Sunday morning sermon.
“Sixty-eight percent of our congregations are biblically illiterate, and so giving them 35-40 minutes on Sunday morning of your text is not enough,” said Kenneth Priest, interim director of the Center for Church Revitalization. “Revitalization requires us to dig deeper into the Word of God.”
The conference speakers—including Priest, Professor of Preaching Matthew McKellar, and Alan Stoddard, lead pastor of Calvary Ruidoso in Ruidoso, New Mexico—emphasized the need for both text-driven preaching as well as follow-up discussion of the sermon or, more specifically, the text of Scripture on which the sermon is based in order to help church members understand the Word of God more fully.Read more here.