By Mike Haggard, PhD
During Jesus’ Galilean ministry, He spoke these words to His disciples: “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into the harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). When one considers the lostness of the United States, one’s thoughts gravitate towards the west coast, the northwest, and our local region, the northeast. Some missiologists contend that the northeast is 3% evangelized and in dire need of the gospel message.
The fields in the northeast are white unto harvest and the need for trained laborers is great. The founding president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. B. Gray Allison, responded in 1987 by planting a seminary campus in the Capital District of New York for the purpose of training laborers for harvest work in this very needy area of the country. Within a 250-mile radius from the Northeast Branch campus resides one fourth of our nation’s population, most are unreached, living in darkness.
Since 1987, the students of the Northeast Branch of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary have won 4,803 people to a saving knowledge in the Lord Jesus Christ and the graduates are serving all over the northeast with 74 serving as pastors, 20 as church planters and others as teachers, chaplains, and in other church and para-church ministries. All represent those who God has called out as laborers and all represent those who are laboring in harvest fields white unto harvest. Perhaps, God wants you to join them.
The heartbeat of the Northeast Branch of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is the inerrancy of Scripture, evangelism and world missions. These three distinctives motivate and drive everything whether academically, administratively or doctrinally in nature. The Northeast Branch is Southern Baptist by confession, but embrace students from a wide variety of Evangelical persuasions training all for harvest work.
The faculty and staff of the Northeast Branch invite you to a fall open house on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for degree-seeking prospective students or for anyone looking for spiritual growth and enrichment. We offer an Associate of Occupational Studies degree, a Master of Arts in Theology, a Master of Arts in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity degree. The Associate in Occupational Studies degree and the Master of Arts in theology degree have two tracks, a teaching track for those called to teach and a preaching track for those called to a preaching ministry.
Classes are offered in residence, at night, or online. Whether you are called to pastoral leadership, a teaching ministry or administration, or just want to grow in the knowledge of the Bible, we have a degree program just for you. Log onto www.mabtsne.edu or call 518-355-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Northeast Branch of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is also hosting a Pastors, Leaders, and Laymen Conference on October 31, 2017 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm featuring Dr. Johnny Hunt, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock Georgia. You can register by logging onto www.mabtsne.edu and click on the events page, or call 518-355-4000 or email email@example.com for more information.