The Accelerated BA + MDiv is designed to prepare pastors to stand firm on the truth of God's Word through a concentrated five-year program, dedicated to producing God-called, biblically-equipped church leaders. In just five years, students will earn their bachelor's and master's degrees; they will be mentored by a program director and other ministry leaders; they will form relationships with other future pastors; and they will learn to be wise stewards of the resources God has given them.
The goal of the Accelerated BA + MDiv is to send out pastors who are ministry-ready and to get them to the field faster, saving both time and money. This direct path to the place of their calling is not a short-cut but an intensified time of preparation. Students will be prepared both inside and outside the classroom for the calling God has placed on their lives. Our goal is to train the next generation of pastors and to send them out equipped, connected, and ready for the ministry.
The Accelerated BA + MDiv is designed for 18-21 year-olds who have experienced a call to pastoral ministry and plan to pastor churches in the United States after graduation. Students will be mentored by a dedicated program director and students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on ministry experiences. Candidate for this program must be willing to devote themselves to an intense time of theological study in order to complete the accelerated program in 5 years.
Students accepted into the program will be required to attend monthly meetings that focus on financial stewardship, a biblical philosophy of ministry, connecting with other future pastors, and learning from pastors already serving in the field. Students will also be required to take at least one mentoring class each year they are in the program, giving them the opportunity to learn from other ministry leaders.
Students studying at a Baptist college who are able to complete their bachelor's degree in 3 or 3 1/2 years are also eligible to apply for the program. Students who do not meet the age requirements for the Accelerated BA + MDiv can still take advantage of many of the equipping opportunities and cost savings offered through the Accelerated BA + MDiv.
How to Apply
If you are interested in the BA + MDiv, fill out the interest form below and the Program Director will contact you with more information. Acceptance into the Accelerated BA + MDiv program is contingent on acceptance into Leavell College or NOBTS and approval by the program director.
Dr. Charlie Ray, III is the Program Director for the Accelerated BA + MDiv and Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek. Before assuming his current role, he spent 11 years as a pastor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dr. Ray is passionate about equipping God-called pastors to serve in the local church. He earned his BA from Baylor University in 3 years, giving him personal experience with an accelerated education. He also holds MA, ThM, and PhD degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lisa, have three kids whom they adopted through foster care.