Southern Baptists are moving to open their own schools, offering an alternative to public schools that would educate a new generation about biblical principles. As the traditional school year begins today, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest is sponsoring a two-day workshop designed to train church leaders to open private schools.
“In the public schools, you don’t just have neutrality, you have hostility toward organized religion,” said Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. “A lot of parents are fed up.”
Southeastern is leading the push, sponsoring a Christian School 101 workshop today and Tuesday.
The program is designed to train church leaders to open private schools.
“Southern Baptists see the new religious establishment in this country as secularism,” said Bill Leonard, dean of the divinity school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. “It dictates pluralism and diversity of values relative to doctrine, politics and sexual values.”
Southeastern seminary is fighting back.
Ten years ago, it started a master’s degree program in Christian school administration to help train principals.
About 40 people signed up for the workshop. Most are church leaders from small towns.