Institute Trains Biblically Conservative Hispanic Leaders
MEMPHIS, TN – Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Mid-America) this week announced the sixth consecutive semester of its Hispanic Biblical Training Institute (Hispanic Institute). Started in 2018, the Hispanic Institute provides biblical training to emerging leaders within the growing theologically conservative Hispanic community.
“I am amazed at the positive reception this program has received. Each semester, the number of students increases. There is a desire among Hispanic evangelicals to be equipped with sound biblical training,” said Dr. Matt Akers, director of the Hispanic Institute and pastor of la Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida in Memphis, TN.
According to U.S. Census data, the Hispanic population comprises nearly 20 percent of the U.S. and is projected to grow from 57 million in 2016 to 74 million by 2030. The Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Missions Board (NAMB) recently announced that Hispanic church planting is a crucial priority in 2021.
“I was encouraged and inspired by the focus of the NAMB,” said Dr. Akers. “The Southern Baptist Convention is about missions. The Hispanic Institute trains those who share this passion within the Hispanic community to fulfill the Great Commission.”
Mid-America’s award-winning campus is located on 35 acres of land in a Memphis, TN, suburb. Founded in 1972, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary provides theological training for active service in church-related and mission vocations. Founded in 2018, The College at Mid-America is the undergraduate school of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. It provides associate, baccalaureate, master’s programs, and Dual Enrollment options to prepare students to take their place as effective Christian and secular leaders. Both academic institutions guide students into a thorough understanding of the Bible and its relevance to everyday living. Mid-America students volunteer and serve the community through Witness One: Seven and GO! programs.
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