SEBTS is the only Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminary that has received ECFA accreditation. SBC entities, including the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Foundation, also received approval from the ECFA.
Accreditation from the ECFA brings a higher level of assurance with donors and the churches of the SBC that SEBTS is working hard to ensure that it is operating as a good steward of their monies.
ECFA was created 1979 and is an accreditation organization that seeks to assist Christian ministries in validating their use of resources to fulfill the Great Commission.
Member organizations accredited from ECFA meet the Seven Standards of Responsible StewardshipTM including transparency and a board of governance. A high standard of accountability is required for members and assures donors of trustworthy and faithful Christian nonprofit organizations.
Daniel Akin, president of SEBTS said: “Southeastern is excited to receive accreditation from ECFA, and to celebrate with ECFA as they reach their 1,800th member. We believe financial integrity is one of the foundational items in honoring Christ through the training of the students who are sent to us by churches.
“We are grateful for the monies that God has given to us through churches, individuals and tuition from our students. We have a responsibility to them and King Jesus to faithfully steward these resources. ECFA accreditation is another confirmation of the hard work our staff undertakes to assure our seminary's financial integrity,” Akin said.
Ryan Hutchinson, Southeastern’s executive vice president for operations, said: “We are thankful for organizations like ECFA that help the general public know that certain organizations they support are applying solid stewardship principles with the funds they are entrusted.
“I am thankful for our SEBTS team that has always worked to ensure the financial integrity of the seminary,” Hutchinson said. “I am also thankful that our recent ECFA accreditation now publicly affirms those efforts.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Ali Dixon is Southeastern’s News & Information Specialist)