Relocation Plans Announced
June 21, 2006
North American Baptist Seminary (NABS) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, announces with excitement plans to relocate its campus within the city and to build a state of the art facility for occupancy by June 30, 2008. This relocation announcement comes after the seminary's Board of Trustees voted to affirm relocation of the campus at their March 2006 meeting.
In recent years, the scope of the seminary has expanded to become a regional seminary in addition to serving churches in the North American Baptist Conference in the U.S. and Canada. "The mission of North American Baptist Seminary is to equip servant leaders for the ministries of Christ in the church and in the world. Our mission, educational approach, board, and faculty will remain the same," said Dr. G. Michael Hagan, President of NABS. "Our decision to relocate will allow us to become a more efficient organization better able to emphasize learning in ministry."
Currently located between 22nd and 26th Streets on Euclid Avenue in central Sioux Falls, North American Baptist Seminary is finalizing plans to build the new campus near 29th Street and Summit Avenue. The new location has a number of advantages. One is its proximity to Augustana College, which allows for shared services between the schools. Over the last year, the two institutions have shared information technology and accounts payable services. Although additional possibilities for sharing in the future exist, the schools will remain separate institutions. Looking to enhance its ability to provide a solid, quality theological education to students at a distance, NABS' new campus will be designed to give students greater access to technology. In addition to online classes and other options already offered at NABS, students would be able to learn from a distance via Internet videoconferencing. This will increase opportunities for students already serving churches to earn their degrees without relocating to Sioux Falls.
Creating common space and areas that foster fellowship in the new facility will become a priority. Since more students will be visiting campus for short periods of time each year, new building plans will include more space for students to interact with one another and faculty on a personal level--maximizing the amount of community that students experience whether on campus full time or just for intensive courses. "A large part of students' experiences at North American Baptist Seminary come out of community," said Dr. Ronald Sisk, Academic Vice President and Dean for NABS. "Whether being mentored by a faculty member, spending time with fellow students, having in-depth conversations online, or going to chapel, our students value the community that is fostered at NABS and see it as part of their personal development."
Students from more than 20 different denominations choose NABS for their ministerial preparation. It is the only accredited seminary in a five-state region including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. North American Baptist Seminary offers master's degrees in Divinity, Christian Leadership, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Bible and Theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry and three graduate certificates.