‘Innovative Agreement with a Growing Local Evangelical Church’ Aids in Seminary’s Operational Progress and Financial Stability
December 1, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—It is with enormous excitement for the future that Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), is today sharing news of the recent execution of “a major element of our long-term strategic plan.”
Says Dr. Land, “We are pleased to announce that SES has executed a major element of our long-term strategic plan to continue to grow our student body and global influence over the next quarter-century. As planned, SES sold an administrative building, which is now unnecessary given the move to our live-streaming education. The proceeds from the sale directly strengthen our financial position” he adds, “as we are now 100-percent debt-free.”
There is further good news connected to this development, Dr. Land points out. As per its long-range strategic planning, SES will lease and share space on its campus with South Charlotte Presbyterian Church, a growing local Evangelical congregation.
Says Dr. Land of South Charlotte Presbyterian Church, “We have reached an innovative agreement with this growing local church so that we can share our assembly space, classrooms, and meeting space. This is simply a question of good stewardship. We use our campus mainly during the work week. The church will be using the campus mainly on the weekends. Overall, with rental income from the church, additional revenue from SES’s increasing student enrollment—which is up 30 percent this fall—reduced building operating costs, and assuming we secure a few new strategic gifts, we are currently well positioned to operate with a more than balanced budget.”
There is no doubt that the Lord’s hand is at work on behalf of SES, its staff, and its myriad of supporters as it equips students to protect and defend the historic Christian faith during a time of major cultural upheaval.
SES recently completed its premier annual conference in apologetics, which was boldly virtual in 2020. Over 1,500 attendees from some 28 states and Puerto Rico—and an estimated 23 different countries—heard from a record-breaking 75 speakers. All sessions are now posted online for on-demand viewing for attendees. As Dr. Land noted about SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) this year, “People can still become virtual apologetics ‘time-travelers’ and attend all the general sessions as well as the more than 100 workshops that were offered. When you pay a $30 registration, you can eventually watch all of the sessions and workshops as many times as you desire until April 15, 2021—and you can have as many people watch them with you as you wish.”
Dr. Land shares his insightful takes on pressing issues of the day in “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” a daily radio feature in which he discusses many timely topics. He also writes a regular weekly column for The Christian Post, where he serves as executive editor.
Land teaches classes at SES on a regular basis. Recently he taught a live-streaming ethics class from the perspective of biblical truth and natural law. Last month, SES offered a new class on “Christian Theology, Racism, and Social Justice.” Land was the “lead teacher” and welcomed Dr. Alveda King, Kay James, and Ralph Reed as prominent guest speakers who addressed various aspects of these issues. It was a live-streamed course. Learn more about this and other SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.
To learn more about the NCCA virtual conference, visit conference.ses.edu. For 27 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has given believers the tools, knowledge, and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.