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April 3, 2012

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Dean of Faculty Robin Jumper, Missions Professor Rich Elligson, Vice President for Global Theological Advance for the International Mission Board Chuck Lawless, BCF President Thomas Kinchen, BCF Vice President R. C. Hammack and Graduate Division Chair Ed Scott.

March 15, 2012 was a "Red letter day for The Baptist College of Florida (BCF)," declared President Thomas A. Kinchen, "So you need to write it down!"

Not only a red letter day, but March 15 marked a day of answered prayer and increased enthusiasm for the graduate program at The Baptist College of Florida. Launched in the fall of 2010, the ministry friendly Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) graduate degree was designed to equip pastors and church leaders to be effective in ministry. During a visit to the BCF campus on March 15, Dr. Chuck Lawless, the Vice President for Global Theological Advance for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, indicated that the MACS coursework and degree would meet the academic requirements for the IMB. Now that ministry effectiveness can be spread around the world.

"This is truly an answer to prayer," stated Kinchen. "For many years, the BCF family envisioned the day when our graduates would be selected and appointed to areas of ministry and service, without the need for further education or credentials. Our graduate degree brought us one step closer."

Beyond the answer to prayer, the acknowledgement boosted enthusiasm for future graduate degrees. "I have always been confident in the quality of our graduate program," said Ed Scott, chair of BCF's graduate division. "Now we are ready to move forward with even more offerings. The meeting with Dr. Lawless helped to confirm once again that we are headed in the right direction."

"I came to Graceville to visit The Baptist College of Florida and discovered ways that the institution is already training and equipping students to be missionaries and reach the world for Christ," explained Lawless.

BCF is also looking at developing a finely tuned graduate degree in cross-cultural missions. "Dr. Lawless has been very helpful with our current offerings," explained Dean of Faculty Robin Jumper, BCF professor of Evangelism, "and we look forward to working closely with him and the IMB as we expand our missions endeavors. This is an exciting time for BCF."