Northside Drive is committed to supporting students and theological education:
Recognizing a need for educational alternatives within the Baptist tradition, the past two decades have seen the establishment of at least 16 new theological schools. Three of these schools receive direct support from NDBC:
McAfee School of Theology, established in 1994 by Mercer University, attracts students who have looked critically at the options and who seek a theological education that will best prepare them for ministry. McAfee is located in Atlanta and partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond prepares men and women for Christian ministry, offering Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. BTSR opened for classes in 1991 with 32 students and is part of the Richmond Theological Consortium and the Washington Theological Consortium.
Baptist Studies Program at Emory is one of five theological programs housed on campuses of other denominations (Candler School of Theology). The Baptist Studies Program operates within an ecumenical Master of Divinity program to prepare students for ministry in Baptist congregations and other settings.