Established in 1898, the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS) is the first institution in Nigeria to grant a bachelor’s degree and the first evangelical seminary in Sub-Saharan Africa to grant a doctorate in theology. It is the premier theological institution in Nigeria and maintains one of the best theological libraries in Africa.
NBTS’ vision is “to be a world-class theological institution, training God-called persons and contributing to the transformation of society, to the glory of God.”
Its mission is to:
- Provide high-quality theological education and professional training for God-called, Spirit-led persons;
- Help meet the need for effective ministry in the Church and in society; and
- Facilitate the fulfillment of the Great Commandment and Great Commission of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The institution’s core values include: vibrant spirituality, competent ministry, and sound academics.
Diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are offered in the following areas:
- Theological Studies: Biblical Studies, Missions & Evangelism, and Theology
- Education: Community, Religious, and Teacher Education
- Church Music: African and Western Church Music
NBTS has identified two main areas for focusing sustainability efforts:
- Staff retirement or disengagement, recruitment, and migration; and
- Resources and facilities for research, teaching, and learning.
After two on-site visits from the VSI Team, NBTS is carefully renewing and clarifying its vision and mission, and reviewing management and performance with these goals in mind:
- Enhanced leadership, administration, and management,
- More efficient teaching and learning processes,
- Continued and greater support for the institution by stakeholders, and
- More effective and transformative impact on society.
So far, NBTS has taken steps to:
- Increase admission for sandwich/modular/non-residential programs, as opposed to fully residential programs;
- Examine the financial cost of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels; and
- Evaluate NBTS’ impact on the lives and ministries of graduates as they serve the Church and engage society.
NBTS plans to implement the following projects for institutional sustainability:
- Solar power (to mitigate the high costs of electricity)
- Construction of an events center (to boost internally-generated revenue)
- Faculty development (in certain areas of specialization)
- Research on the problem of corruption (to focus on ethics in leadership)
- Construction of two academic facilities (to add lecture rooms, extend the library, and provide additional space for graduate students)
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