The Scoop – February 8


Mission trip to Ecuador

Would you like to travel to Ecuador in October on a mission trip? The trip will occur during the fall break and you can earn credit for a provided class related to the trip.  In addition, NOBTS students can qualify for $700 as a stipend to help with the travel expense. Contact Dr. Bob Hall at to ask questions about the trip. Include a contact phone number with your email.

Volunteers needed For Senior Fest 2016

On April 1, 2016 NOBTS will host senior adults from all over the gulf-coast region for a special event. Student volunteers are needed to help in several areas like registration, break-out sessions, hallways, and the cafeteria.  Please consider giving some of your time from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to serve and learn from our guests.  Email to volunteer by March 1st. Email to schedule a two hour shift.

Greer-Heard Registration Deadline: Feb. 10

Be sure to register for the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum by visiting  Registration is free for those in the NOBTS family who pre-register by Feb. 10.  All admission prices go up  $5 after Wed. Feb. 10. Admission will be $5 at the door for the seminary family.

Earn a certificate in ministry to the sick from McFarland Institute

The certificate in ministry to the sick is a course of study developed for clergy and laity who are responsible for meeting the care needs in the hospital setting. It is designed to strengthen the individual’s pastoral care skills. The cost for three classes is $20.

Classes meet March 29, April 12, and April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at two locations: West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, in the Fonseca Auditorium; and at Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans, in the Coliseum Room, on the 3rd floor.

Topics include: What is spiritual care?; Listening skills and healing presence; Ministry to children; Boundaries and referrals; Loss and grief; and Advance directives – creating a good death.

The McFarland Institute is a division of Baptist Community Ministries. For information email or call 504.593.2363.

Clinical pastoral program offered at Ochsner

The Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) offered through Ochsner Healthcare System provides a variety of training tools for ministry applicable in the local church, military, industrial, prison, hospital or other settings. They are:

Summer Intensive Program:  a 10-12 week unit for seminarians currently enrolled that provides 300 hours of clinical practice and 100 hours supervised sessions.

Extended Program: a 26 week unit for clergy and lay persons wishing to further their personal and professional development.

Residency Level I and II: for ordained, professional ministers with previous training who wish to work full time for one year enhancing his or her ministry training.

Fellow of Supervisory Education: designed for the professional minister who has already completed 4 CPE units.

For information or to request an application packet, contact Linnet Rogers, spiritual care and education assistant, Ochsner Medical Center, 1514 Jefferson Hwy., at 504.842.3286 or by emailing

Explore IMB Opportunities

Ted Davis, IMB Personnel Consultant, will be on campus April 12, 13 and 14 to meet with students interested in knowing more about serving with the International Mission Board through: Hands On; Journeyman; 2 + ISC; Macdeonia; and Apprentice programs.

To schedule an appointment, email Ted Davis at

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.

2016 Vehicle Decals Now Due

All NOBTS vehicle decals should now be dated  “2016”.  January  was the last month to update your Vehicle Registration without penalty. Beginning today, Feb. 1, all outdated vehicles will have to stop and sign-in, and be subject to a fine (per Student Handbook).

Start the New Year Off Right at the Rec

Jan 25-April is the Biggest Loser at the REC:
-$10 a person; $40 max for a family
-It will be on select Mondays at the HSC
-It will kick off Jan 25 at 7 p.m.
-There will be prizes
C25K Running Club
-Starts Monday, Jan 25
-Runs will be offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m. or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6-7 a.m.
-Price will be determined by 5k in April
-Offered to all runners, running experience of any kind is welcomed
-Email Heather Faucheux for more information at
GetFit starts back Jan 18th from 6-7 p.m.
-GetFit offers cross training exercises that are beginner-friendly
-Classes will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 6-7 p.m.
-$40 max per family for a semester and $30 an individual
Check us out on social media, facebook: NOBTS The REC, Twitter and Instagram: @nobtstherec

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


One-day conference offers support for caregivers

“Caring for Others, Caring for Self,” a  continuing education workshop for ministers with adults ages 55 and over is Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Leavell Center.  Topics include: spiritual support for caregivers; caregiving resources; and how to properly handle stress. Registration deadline is Feb. 15.

As church employment changes, many seminary students are called upon to work with aging adults in addition to other ministry positions. Hosted by the NOBTS Social Work Department, the conference will focus on spiritual support for caregivers, caregiving resources and how to properly handle stress.

Presenters include Dianne McGraw, MSW, LCSW, CMC; Jeanine Bozemen, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW, LPC; Loretta Rivers, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW; and Tobey Pitman, D. Min. M. Div.

A special NOBTS student rate of $12 for the conference is available. General registration is $45. All participants must pay at the door. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and includes a light breakfast.

For information, call 504.816.8106 or email

Senior Fest highlights heritage of faith

Senior Fest, a full day of fun and fellowship for seniors ages 55 and over, is Apr. 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $35 if registered before March 10.

With a theme of “A Heritage of Faith: Reflecting on the Past, Dreaming for the Future,” breakout sessions provide great opportunities of fellowship and learning. Watch for updates. For information, email or call 504.816.8106.

Upcoming conference highlights church planting in the Islamic community

Dr. Abdu Murray, author and apologist with the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, is the keynote speaker at the Crescent City Conference, Feb. 19-20, at Iglesia Bautista Horeb [Horeb Baptist Church] in Greta. The event is intended to inform and encourage church planting in the Islamic community of New Orleans and North America.

Other presenters include NOBTS professors Dr. Mike Edens and Dr. Page Brooks, along with Dr. Aslam Masih of the North American Mission Board. There will be Q & A with Dr. Murray as well as a panel discussion time with individuals who have served in a Muslim context. The event is hosted by West Bank Baptist Church, Iglesia Bautista Horeb, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The event is free to NOBTS students. For others, the registration fee is $10 and is payable at the door. For more information, visit


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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