On March 24, Southeastern University will hold its grand opening ceremony for the Jerusalem Studies Center - a satellite campus for Ministerial students.
The self-described "Christ-centered University" was founded in 1935 as a Bible Institute to train pastors and missionaries.
The deal for the 13,500 foot five-story building in the heart of Jerusalem, was orchestrated by messianic attorney Calev Myers, who was the featured commencement speaker at Southeastern U. last year, His remarks reportedly focused "on the need...for further action to spread knowledge of Jesus. Southeastern graduates can help Israeli believers in Jesus by educating their congregations, praying for Israel and aligning themselves with Messianic Jewish congregations…He urged Jewish believers from around the world to relocate to Israel, as his family did when he was 18. ‘We believe the day is coming, friends, when Jesus once again will reveal himself to Israel, to the Jewish people,’ he said.”
Make no mistake, this is no simple liberal arts program moving to the center of the Jewish state.
The University's site offers up a "missionary profile" of Dr. Tonya Hawthorne, who claims that "Southeastern University made a missionary out of her..."
Hawthorne credits her professors at Southeastern for motivating her to pursue God’s plan for her life. She particularly recalls being inspired by associate professors of missions James Jones and Ruth Breusch, and Associate Professor of Bible and Religion Robert Elliott. Elliott’s evangelism classes taught Hawthorne how to share the gospel without fear. One assignment in particular made her heart race: she had to tell ten people in the mall about Jesus. “I was scared out of my mind,” said Hawthorne, recalling the experience but quickly adding, “It was easy once you got into it.”
They offer a Bachelor of Science in Practical Theology which prepares graduates to take on positions as Evangelists or Missionary program directors and staff member. Their Religion and Philosophy department offers a study program which including "Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology "
The University's fundraising and development section of their website assures the donor that SEU students aim "to fulfill the Great Commission" and "your gifts advance Christ’s cause around the world"
Israel National News has futher details on the University and its program in their news report
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