Jun 11, 2015

BMATS-Ark. Summer 2015

Dear Friend,

As you are certainly aware, the Christian community in the U.S. is on the cusp of unprecedented challenges.  If there was ever a time when we need qualified pastors and Christian leaders, it is now.  Over the past year, the BMA Theological Seminary has revitalized its Arkansas campus; this is important because we are the ONLY accredited theological seminary in our state.  We exist to honor Christ by equipping pastors and leaders with the tools needed for effective service in today’s challenging environment, and it is increasingly challenging. We are particularly committed to producing excellent pastors and leaders whose work will strengthen and establish faithful churches.  In sum, here is what God was pleased to accomplish over our 2014-15 revitalization effort:
  • We hired new expert faculty on the cutting edge of their disciplines and who are addressing the issues most challenging to us
  • We expanded course and program offerings to equip our students to faithfully lead in their prospective ministry settings
  • We increased administrative efficiency and reduced limiters
  • We saw a significant increase in enrollment for traditional and online courses
  • We developed and implemented new institutional advancement efforts
  • We are developing a network of likeminded Christian leaders composed of those committed to the highest level of biblical fidelity in their preaching, teaching, and practical ministries
  • We have engaged in the production of Christ-honoring scholarly resources in the form of books, articles, lectures, and discipleship materials 

There is much more to report, but time and space is limited.  Last year, Phase I, was the revitalization of our campus.  This year, in Phase II, we particularly need to build new financial partners and increase our student population—this summer.  In short, we need your help in three key ways.  First, we need your prayer that we will effectively honor Christ with the stewardship He has entrusted to us.  Second, we need your support in building relationships with prospective students.  Finally, like no other time, we need new financial support from those who understand the significance of what we are doing.  Because of the seriousness of our work, we have staff and faculty working pro bono because they understand that we are in a life and death battle for the souls of men and women, and for the glory of Christ in our generation.  I want to tell you more, so please contact me in the way most efficient to you; my information is below. Have your prospective students email or call me.  If the Lord has moved you or your church to contribute, you can do so online, or send monetary contributions to the following address with the memo, “Arkansas Initiative.”
To God Alone be the Glory, 

R. Brian Rickett
Professor of Biblical Studies
Conway, Ark. Campus Administrator
The BMA Theological Seminary
866.645.6699 x701; brian.rickett@bmats.edu

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