GLOBAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
In 2008, Dr. Daniel Sanchez was invited to meet with the leadership of the Baptist Theological Seminary in Havana Cuba to help that seminary establish a Master’s Degree in Missions. This led to elaboration of a plan whereby SWBTS professors went to Havana over a two-year period and taught intensive courses enabling 15 of their professors to obtain their Master’s Degree. These professors were then able to start extensions of their seminary, which resulted in the increase of the student body from 68 to 800. This led the Missions Department of SWBTS to experience a paradigm shift from teaching students in seminaries abroad to enabling their professors to elevate their academic level.
When other seminaries in Latin America heard about the Cuban project, they started writing SWBTS asking for similar projects. The requests were so many that in 2010, Dr. Brent Ray was invited to come to SWBTS to help establish and lead what was then called Global Theological Innovation. Due to the fact that the seminaries in the different countries were operating in isolation and struggling to keep their doors open, Dr. Brent Ray and Daniel Sanchez came up with the idea of enabling the formation of a Consortium for Theological Education that would include Baptist seminaries from Latin America and Spain.