Northern and Baptist General Association of Virginia Announce Partnership

Northern Seminary and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) announce a new covenant partnership.

Northern Seminary offers an educational context that is international, interracial, and intercultural for the preparation of men and women who are called by God. The strategic role of Northern Seminary is to educate leaders for the churches who will be personally whole and spiritually mature, biblically grounded and theologically competent, pastoral, evangelistic, and prophetic. Northern welcomes the opportunity to partner with the BGAV and with the Baptists of Virginia for the spreading of the Gospel and for the advancement of the Redeemer’s Kingdom.

As a Covenant Partner with the BGAV, Northern Seminary shares the vision of “Kingdom Advance.” Together, they will work to accomplish these priorities of the BGAV.

Developing, Sending, Planting

Along with the shared values, mission, and vision, Northern Seminary and the BGAV will help develop men and women who are equipped with the skills necessary to become leaders within the Church. They will ensure these leaders are sent into all communities and commit together to continue the work of racial reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Together, they will provide training to churches in order to continue to strengthen their work in the community.

According to Dr. William Shiell, President of Northern Seminary, “We are blessed to partner with the BGAV and to multiply the mission of the kingdom of God. This agreement gives our students the opportunity to learn from and serve churches in Virginia. In turn, we look forward to welcoming Virginia Baptist churches and students to serve in the Chicagoland area and to receive theological training in the heart of the city.”

John V. Upton, Jr., Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia stated, “We are very pleased to formalize a covenant partnership with Northern Seminary. This is an outgrowth of many years of partnership around V3 Church Planting, Fresh Expressions, and Missio Alliiance. It’s now a joy to call Northern a formal partner.“

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