Jim Shaddix, professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), was appointed as the director of the Southeastern Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching on Aug. 1.
“Words are not adequate to express my excitement as Jim Shaddix takes on the directorship of the Southeastern Center for Pastoral Leadership,” said Danny Akin, president of SEBTS. “As a model preacher, writer, mentor and friend to pastors, he is the perfect man for this position.”
The Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching provides resources and training tools for students pursuing pastoral ministry. Opportunities are provided through Southeastern's partnership with local churches in order for students to receive course credit through The EQUIP Network, of which Shaddix was formerly the coordinator.
“[Shaddix] has and continues to mentor students, pastors and leaders across our denomination,” said John Ewart, associate vice president for Global Theological Initiatives and missions and former director of the Southeastern Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching. “… I believe it will become a magnetic point of engagement for pastoral calling, thought and practice.”
Shaddix is looking forward to this new role, believing that the center provides a training ground for future and current Great Commission pastors.
“My prayer is that Southeastern’s Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching can help equip both pastors and pastors-in-training to shepherd God’s people with the grace, mercy, integrity and skill of our good shepherd,” said Shaddix. “An army of men like that can lead the church to fulfill the Great Commission.”
Akin considers Shaddix’s appointment as director to the center as a “great day” for SEBTS.
“The Center for Pastoral Leadership helps us help pastors, and I know no [one] across our Convention better equipped to do this than Jim Shaddix,” said Akin. “It was a great day when our Lord added Jim to our wonderful faculty. His taking on the responsibilities of this center is another great day!”
Shaddix began teaching at SEBTS in 2012. He and his wife, Debra, live in Wake Forest, North Carolina and are members of Restoration Church. Shaddix also serves in interim teaching and pastoral capacities throughout the year.
For more information regarding the Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching, visit pastorscenter.sebts.edu.