The Scoop – December 14


Youth Ministry Institute: Speak the Truth in Love

Friends, are you coming to January YMI?

January YMI is a unique week-long conference style class offered to students, leaders and volunteers alike, put on by the Youth Ministry Institute!

The Youth Ministry Institute of NOBTS was created as an extension of the youth education division here on campus. YMI strives to serve students, leaders, ministers and volunteers in all things youth ministry. YMI offers classes for both undergraduate and master’s level students as well as training for all current youth ministers, lay leaders, volunteers, or even those aspiring to understand what youth ministry is all about.

YMI classes and conferences for youth workers are offered throughout the year. In January, the Youth Ministry Institute offers a week-long conference committed to touching all the bases in youth ministry. Throughout the week we bring in some of the best leading voices to the youth ministry conversation.

This year our January YMI theme is Theological Foundations in Youth Ministry: Speak the Truth in Love.” Some of the topics we will cover include: Teaching Students to Speak the Truth in Love; Speaking the Truth on a College Campus; Building Healthy Mentor Relationships; Anger Management; Social Justice; Students From Tough Backgrounds; Critical Thought in Student Ministry; Answering Students’ Tough Questions; Dealing with Parents; and The Power of a Story.

Students, you can earn 3 hours of class credit for the conference by registering in your self-serve accounts. The course number to register for this January YMI conference is WCUS3301 for undergraduate students and CEYH5398 for master’s level students

You can find the cost in the NOBTS Academic Catalog under the section, “Tuition and Fees.”

The last day to register for the class is December 11th so register now!!

If you are not a student, you can still attend as a conference attender! Call the YMI Office at 504-816-8103 to register today! The cost for the conference is $20.00 a day or $100.00 for the week. The cost of the conference covers all registration, materials and lunch for the week!

Looking for Bible software?

Accordance Bible Software, a Bible study tool used by top scholars worldwide, recently announced an agreement to offer special academic pricing to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students, staff members and professors. This powerful software is now available in Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad (iOS) formats. Contact Dr. Bill Warren,  or (504)282-4455 x3735, for pricing and ordering options.

Christmas Photo Opportunity

The gates facing Gentilly Blvd. will remain open in the evenings until 11 p.m. for your enjoyment of the new Christmas decorations in the Bunyan Courtyard. Be sure to stop by and bring your camera.

Need technical assistance? Contact the ITC today – Email for technical questions/support requests with the site (Access to online registration, financial account, online transcript, etc.) – Email for technical questions/support requests with the NOBTS Blackboard Learning Management System – Email for general technical questions/support requests.
504.816.8180 – Call for any technical questions/support requests. – General NOBTS technical help information is provided on this website.


Compass Financial Small Groups

Find a path toward financial stability and success by joining a Compass Financial Small Group hosted by the PREP Initiative. The program is free. Time slots offered are: Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.; or during lunch, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  Childcare is available for the Monday evening group, by reservation. Register at or email


Have you served as an international missionary?

If you have served as an international missionary for 6 months or longer, the Global Missions Center wants to know! Please email Sarah Cowan at


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SWAP Shop Hours, Call for Volunteers

The SWAP Shop (Surplus With a Purpose) exists to provide an economical means by which the seminary community may exchange or secure quality clothing or small household items for personal use. Contributions of new and gently-used clothes, furniture, books, household goods, gifts and toys are welcome. The SWAP Shop is a volunteer organization open five days a week, with hours based on the availability of volunteers.

For hours of operation, join the NOBTS Swap Shop Facebook page by clicking HERE. Times are listed and closures are also announced there. The Swap Shop is always looking for volunteers, especially for morning hours, Saturdays and evenings after 7 p.m. For more information, call Rhonda Smith at 504.481.3656.

Research Help Available

Starting to work on your semester papers? Search for full-text journal articles using the EBSCOHost database anywhere you have an Internet connection. Please come by the library with your student ID card for information and password codes.

Library Open to Serve You

Greetings from the John T. Christian Library! We hope you have a great semester and are looking forward to seeing you in the library. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and our Saturday hours are10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We are closed on Sunday.

Borrowing from other Academic Libraries

Did you know that NOBTS graduate students can borrow items from other graduate academic libraries in the New Orleans area? Come by the circulation desk in the John T. Christian Library and register for a LaLinc card today.

Emergency Text Messaging Service

Sign up for the NOBTS Emergency Text Messaging Service today. Click HERE. Choose one or all of the groups to receive texts related to emergency situations that affect our NOBTS campuses and families. Main New Orleans Campus, New Orleans Campus Residents, Louisiana & Mississippi Extension Centers; Florida Extension Centers; and Georgia & Alabama Extension Centers.
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