Saturday, June 7, 2008

Creative Funding of Theological Education

Tony Cupit, long time worker with the BWA writes:

“In Ghana a few years back, the Baptist Convention (which formally had been supported by the International Mission Board) set up a business person's group to help fund the work of the Convention. There was a committed group of reasonably wealthy laymen committed to this and it was working well while I was there. That might not be unusual in the Western world but to me it was a surprising and creative initiative in West Africa.”

Geoff Pound added:
“Many of the Bible Schools in China take students who come from poor regions where they cannot pay course fees and their churches are unable to assist much with the tuition and residential living costs. In addition to finding generous support from seminaries in other countries many of the schools run on finance donated by Christian business people.”

Got any creative ideas of how you are raising money to run seminaries and provide scholarships for students?

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: I took this photo at Estadio do Maracanã—the world’s great playground for world famous soccer stars such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zico and of course Tony Cupit. Here is Tony before the match, decked out in the colours of the famous Flamengo football team.