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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Accredited by ECFA

ECFA Reaches 1,800-Member Milestone

Contact: Ty Mays, 770-256-8710

WINCHESTER, Va., Dec. 3, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), a "Great Commission" seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., has been accredited by ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).  With the addition of Southeastern, 1,800 churches and Christ-centered nonprofits are now accredited by the national accountability organization.

"We are pleased to accredit a seminary committed to preparing Christians for leadership and service in the church and society through Christian higher education, spiritual formation and directed experiences," said Dan Busby, president of ECFA.

"Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is excited to receive accreditation from ECFA, and to celebrate with ECFA as they reach their 1,800th member," said Dr. Daniel Akin, president of SBTS.

"We believe financial integrity is one of the foundational items in honoring Christ through the training of the students that are sent to us by churches," said Akin.  "We are grateful for the monies that God has given to us through churches, individuals and tuition from our students. We have a responsibility to them and King Jesus to faithfully steward these resources.  ECFA accreditation is another confirmation of the hard work our staff undertakes to assure our seminary's financial integrity."
 
Founded in 1950, SEBTS offers a wide range of graduate and post-graduate programming including: M.Div., MA, EdD, DMin, ThM and PhD degree tracks.  More than 3,000 students are currently served by 114 full-time and part-time faculty members.  Akin became SEBTS' sixth president in 2004. 

Every organization privileged to display the ECFA seal of approval agrees to operate on the foundation of God-honoring, biblical principles. ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ include transparency in all fiscal matters, acting on the intent of givers and in their best interests, sound governance and responsible use of resources and compliance with laws.

The rapid addition of new ECFA accredited organizations is a clear indicator of the rising need for confidence among donors to place their trust in worthy organizations. The increasing diversity of ministry size and mission among member organizations demonstrates ECFA's assistance in ensuring fiscal responsibility globally among the body of Christ.

ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. To learn more about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ecfa.org or call 1-800-323-9473. 

To schedule an interview with Dan Busby or Dr. Daniel Akin, contact Ty Mays at 770-256-8710 or
tmays@inchristcommunications.com.