The Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) Ndu, has graduated 73 ministers of the Gospel. The graduation ceremony took place on Saturday June 6, 2020 at the courtyard of the Academic complex. Men and women graduated from all the programs offered in the institution: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Theology, Certificate of Theology and certificate of Women’s Ministry. The 2020 commencement service was characterized by the graduation of the 72nd batch named “Batch of Resilience” given that they studied in the context of the socio-political crises and the COVID-19 Pandemic. The graduates were challenged by the Seminary Provost, Rev. Dr. Nseimboh Johnson, to be Christ-centered ministers and to depend on God to help them overcome the challenges they will face in ministry.
Speaking at the event, Rev. Ndishua Julius in a key note address drawn from Philippians 3:12-16 on the topic: “Pressing on towards the Ultimate Goal” called on the graduates to: Evaluate themselves, demonstrate expertise, deliberately manage the past with care, determine to win the prize when Christ returns and be disciplined as they press on towards the mark. The provost handed the graduates to the CBC Executive president, represented at the ceremony by CBC Ministerial Secretary, Rev Minang George, who appreciated the leadership of the seminary for the great work done in grooming the Ministers. He told the graduates that the oath of loyalty to the Tenets of the CBC expected to be signed upon graduation is not to hinder ministry rather it is to guide so that ministry could be done in an orderly manner and it is also a way to uphold accountability in the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Rev. Minang made it clear that upon graduation from CBTS one is not compelled to work with the CBC but if one so desires to work, he must abide by the CBC Tenets.
Unique at the 2020 graduation of the 72nd batch, was the oath of loyalty to the Tenets of the CBC for the CBC graduates and those who fail to uphold the CBC tenets will see their degrees revoked. This year also featured a new venue – courtyard of the academic complex. This was to better respect social distancing due to COVID-19 and to limit attendance.
Also worthy of note was the graduation of the first student from the Church Music Concentration. In the area of faculty development, Rev. Harrison Jumbuin , Mrs. Nseimbo Victorine, and Timothy Moline now have Doctorate degrees in Christian leadership, Christian worship and Spiritual formation respectively from Sioux Falls Seminary in USA and from the Nigerian Baptist Seminary Ogbomosso, Rev. Ndishua Julius graduated with an M.Th in Old Testament Studies and has been admitted into the PhD program
while Rev. Fanfon Clifford graduated with a PhD in Pastoral Care and Counseling. The next academic year will witness the start of the Diploma in Church Music, the phasing out of the Certificate of Theology program whose entry point is the First School Leaving Certificate and the running of the Baptist Institute of Higher Learning (BIHL). BIHL will start this August, 2020 with National Higher Diplomas in the following specialization: Clinical Psychology, Curriculum Studies and Teaching, and Elementary Education.