Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary held their Fall Trustees meeting in Ontario yesterday. Following that meeting, Golden Gate Seminary hosted a dinner for the Trustees as well as more than one hundred Southern Baptist Ministers from around southern California.
Seminary President Jeff Iorg told last night’s gathering of more than two hundred people “this meeting celebrates the sale of property and the purchase of new property in Ontario.” He went on to say that the dinner was to inform local pastors of the sale of their Marin campus and to share the news regarding their new Ontario campus and what will be involved in the relocation and transition of the ninth largest seminary in the United States. The move became necessary in the eyes of the Seminary leadership when local officials refused the proposal by the Seminary to update the outdated 1984 Master Plan for the school’s property.
The attendees were then introduced to Golden Gate Seminary students who were asked to share their testimonies. Alisha, who is from Riverside shared about her acceptance of Christ at a young age and some of her thoughts as she grew up. She said that as a 19 year old Ugandan missionary she got mad at God for all the terribleness in the world. She said that she soon realized that “God is God and that I know that God is great and Holy.” She concluded by saying that “it is the study of God that deepens faith.”
A young man named Ben followed. Ben is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is attending Golden Gate to become a Lead Pastor someday. He shared that in his teenage years, he was in total opposition to God as he was heading off to Alabama. He said “I wanted to actively oppose Christianity.” However, through the fellowship of Christian Athletes and others, Ben accepted Christ when he was 19 years old. He concluded that what he likes about Golden Gate Seminary is “the relentless passion in the school’s posture towards ministry.”
The evening drew to a close with Dr. Iorg providing a brief history of the Seminary and a look forward to when the Seminary is in full operation in their new facility in Ontario in June 2016. He also listed five ways in which the local pastors and their churches could come alongside the Seminary;
1. The Seminary will begin posting job positions for the Ontario campus in January 2015. Dr. Iorg asked that the churches to look for these postings and advise their congregations about the potential to work for Golden Gate.
2. There will be a need and an opportunity for housing partnerships when the Seminary moves to Ontario as there will be no campus housing.
3. Dr. Iorg asked pastors to inform their congregations of the many educational opportunities at the Seminary, not just in Degree work, but in the variety of education certificate opportunities such as Bible Teaching, Mission Studies, and Church Planting just to name a few.
4. The Seminary is looking to expand their Master of Divinity mentoring program through the local churches and how the local churches can be involved in that process.
5. Finally, Dr. Iorg asked that the local pastors and churches to try to use Golden Gate Seminary people however they might be able to in order to support the students and the School.
For more information regarding Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, or to enroll in classes or certificate programs or to financially support Golden Gate, you can go to their web site at http://www.ggbts.edu/