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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The presidential search team at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accepting nominations and applications for the position of president, the team's chairman has announced.
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Midwestern's next leader will be a visionary and a relationship-builder as well as a committed Southern Baptist with substantial local church experience, Bill Bowyer, chairman of the presidential search team, said in a statement released to Baptist Press May 18.

Following is the full text of the statement:

"The Board of Trustees of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & College, SBC, and the Presidential Search Team invite nominations and applications for the position of president.

"Since its inception in 1958, Midwestern has been committed to serving the church by biblically educating God-called men and women to be and make disciples of all nations. As an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, MBTS operates in covenant with the churches of the SBC and has keyed its purpose, as well as its doctrinal and moral stance, to official Convention positions and actions.

"Midwestern provides Bible-based, conservative theological education to approximately 1,200 students in some 38 doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree tracks taught on campus and online. A key benefit to students attending the Seminary is that its faculty members are involved not only in an academic role, but each values the opportunity to spend one-on-one time to mentor and develop strong personal relationships as well. With a unique blend of faculty diversity, MBTS's academic spectrum is far-reaching, but its conservative roots are deep. Students here also experience a tight-knit community of fellow believers, while enjoying a campus located on 200 acres of rolling hills and forest that is only minutes from the bustling Kansas City metro area.

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"Midwestern's next leader will be a spiritually-mature Christian who displays Christ-centered servant leadership that integrates faith and work. The ideal candidate will possess qualities such as spiritual, institutional, and academic leadership; be a visionary with strong strategic planning skills; serve as the school's strongest relationship-builder, recruiter and fund raiser -- reaching out to all of MBTS's constituencies; possess significant leadership, administrative and management capabilities; and be a committed Southern Baptist who is a compelling speaker/preacher with substantial local church experience.

"Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the Presidential Search Profile, which contains additional information on the nature of this opportunity and the application process at: www.mbts.edu/presidentialsearch. Candidates should plan to submit applications and materials to the Presidential Search Team by July 31 for the most favorable consideration.

"Nominations and expressions of interest should be sent to: Dr. Bill Bowyer, Chairman, Midwestern Presidential Search Team, MBTSpresidentialsearch@mbts.edu. Phone: 816.414.3700."

Bowyer is pastor of Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. Other members of the search team are Larry Dramann, pastor, East Boulder Baptist Church, Lafayette, Colo.; Dwight Blankenship, pastor, Parkway Baptist Church, Creve Coeur, Mo.; Larry Lewis, pastor, Reidland Baptist Church, Paducah, Ky.; Don Paxton, pastor, Rosedale Baptist Church, Abingdon, Va.; Roger Marshall, pastor, First Baptist Church, Effingham, Ill.; and Kevin Shrum, pastor, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

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Robin Hadaway, associate professor of missions at the seminary, has been serving as interim president of Midwestern since R. Philip Roberts resigned in February.

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