The Seminary provides a variety of student services under the supervision of the Dean of Students and the Student Affairs Committee. These are designed to enhance personal, social, academic, and religious development, to encourage a democratic spirit of responsibility, freedom, and to foster leadership and decision-making skills.
A program of orientation for new students is conducted by the Seminary during the first days of school as part of the opening of the first semester. All new students, freshmen and transfer students must be present for orientation in order to matriculate. During orientation, every effort is made to acquaint new students with the facilities, policies, and regulations of the Seminary.
Faculty Ministry to Students
The entire faculty of LBTS stands ready to assist any student needing an opportunity to talk or pray about personal, spiritual, or social matters. Any student may feel free to arrange an appointment with the Campus Pastor/Dean of Student Affairs, and/or a member of the Student Affairs Committee.
The objective of on-campus, extra-curricular activities are to provide and promote a holistic approach to Christian growth and development. These activities include: Family Day, regular Chapel Services, Spiritual Emphasis Week, the John B. Falconer Lecture Series, William R. and Victoria A. Tolbert Leadership Lecture Series, and student organizational activities sanctioned by the Seminary Administration.
The LBTS does not have a specific uniform but all LBTS family members are expected to follow an informal dress code. All students are however expected to wear appropriately modest clothing the chapel, in the library, and around campus grounds.
Chapel is an important part of the learning environment of the LBTS community. Chapel services are held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 A.M. Attending Chapel Services is strongly encouraged for every LBTS Family member, including students, faculty, staff, and administration.
To enhance the orderly, worshipful atmosphere of chapel services, all announcements must be written and given to the Campus Pastor before chapel begins. No one should interrupt the spirit of the service by taking an announcement to the worship leader after chapel has commenced.
The seminary upholds the ideal and standards of Christian marriage. All married students must have copies of their marriage certificates on file in the office of the Registrar. Any marriage that is not Christian, (Christian marriages, for this purpose, are only those marriages between a male and female conducted by an ordained minister of the Gospel), Marriages outside this covenant will not be acceptable for faculty, staff and students at LBTS.
Solicitation of Funds
The Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary students share in the direction of their social activities and in the total campus life. No funds are to be raised in the name of the Seminary except with the full knowledge and acquiescence of Administration. Fund raising among students must receive the approval of the class sponsors. All funds raised must be deposited in the Business Office.
LBTS student groups affiliated with other off-campus organizations must be approved by the administration before being brought on campus. All activities, programs, and projects of campus organizations must be approved by the faculty advisor assigned to the organization. A statement of affiliation with larger groups or organizations must be on file in the seminary office. Any organization or group wishing to have a meeting of their affiliate group on the LBTS campus must make a formal request in writing to the administration. All such request must be replied in writing and filed at LBTS, prior to the meeting.
A student on academic probation or having less than 2.0 average is not permitted to hold office in a recognized student organization on campus.
Preserving Our Identity and Integrity (Demands for Authentic Fellowship and Respect)
The Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary is a Christian institution in the Baptist tradition whose primary purpose is to provide professional theological education designed to equip men and women called to ministry for effective Christian leadership in church-related ministries and other areas of professional service where theological training is an asset.
Christian scripture and tradition are rich in exhortations and models for faithful living in community. Our Bible and traditions also remind us that community leaders and ministers should set standards for those who look for guidance and encouragement.
We embrace the exhortations from Scripture that all Christians should “be in the world but not of it,” as a popular slogan puts it. The slogan appears to be an interpretation of John 17:14-17 and 1 John 2:15-17. The passages from the Gospel and the Epistle offer encouragements to those who would be followers of Jesus.
We find in Scripture many exhortations and encouragements. In 1 Corinthians 5 Paul challenges the community to pay careful attention to the “sexually immoral or greedy . . . [the] idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber.” Likewise, in Romans 12:1-2, Paul encourages “the renewal of the mind, daily” as a way to be “transformed” by “spiritual worship.” And, again, in Galatians 5 Paul distinguishes between “the works of the flesh . . .: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these” (vv. 19-21).
What follows in Galatians 5 appears as a manifesto for any faithful community: “the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things” (vv. 22-23). In the next chapter Paul is explicit: “if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. . . . Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ” (6:1-2).
The Seminary should be a community of restoration as well as a community of encouragement. Each member of the community has a responsibility for her/his own moral character. Each member of the community has a responsibility to exhort a brother or sister who struggles with the manifold issues of temptation.
When any member of the community is struggling with moral issues, s/he should seek the counsel of a member of the administration, faculty, or staff (all who are ministers). The Campus Pastor/Dean of Students is a ready resource, too.
If any member of the community perceives someone in the community is struggling with moral issues, s/he should confidentially approach the Campus Pastor/Dean of Students. The Campus Pastor/Dean of Students will, then, proceed with appropriate care, counsel, and recommendation to Student Affairs Committee and the President.
Student Affairs Committee
The intention of the Student Affairs Committee is to make all of its disciplinary transactions with students occasions for learning, personal growth and professional development. The welfare of the students and the welfare of the Seminary community guide the actions of the committee.
Students involved in civil infractions are accountable to civil authorities, but may also be subject to discipline by the Seminary.
The Student Affairs Committee shall be composed of the Dean of Student Affairs, who will serve as chairman, and committee members appointed each year by President and approved by the Board of Trustees.