Professional & Academic Enrichment


The annual Abide Women's Conference is designed to encourage and equip women to Abide more deeply in the Word through rich Bible teaching, engaging worship and fellowship among many sisters in Christ. Abide is open to all women, both in the NOBTS and Leavell College family and the community near and far.

Tharp Lectures

Mr. James H. Tharp of New Orleans established the James H. Tharp Lectureship. These lectures are given each year by a prominent layman on the general subject “The Minister from the Layman’s Viewpoint.”

Layne Foundation Lectures

Mrs. Robert Layne of the First Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, established the Layne Foundation Lectures. The proceeds are used to bring a man of outstanding ability to deliver a series of lectures.

Church-State Lecture on Baptists and Religious Liberty

The Church-State Lecture is presented annually. The lecture is used to support the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Gurney Evangelism Lectures

Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Gurney established the Gurney Evangelism Lectures. These lectures are presented annually by outstanding Christian leaders.

V. L. Stanfield Preaching Lectures

These lectures were established to honor the memory of Dr. V. L. Stanfield, former Professor of Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. These lectures are to be used to bring to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary outstanding preachers who will exemplify Dr. Stanfield’s definition of preaching: “Preaching is giving the Bible a voice.”

Manuel Family Lectures on Archaeology and the Bible

The purpose of this annual lectureship is to present to the NOBTS family current archaeological research and excavation as they pertain to Scripture and to affirming its historical reliability. Established by the Manuel family of McComb, MS.

Xcelerate Discipleship Conference

The Xcelerate conference, sponsored by the Center for Discipleship and Ministry Leadership, seeks to equip, support, and engage seminary students and church practitioners to fulfill the mandate to make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). This conference supports the NOBTS target of producing healthy churches by focusing on the disciple making and spiritual formation competencies.

Crescent City Praise

Crescent City Praise is a night of musical worship during which choir members of area churches join forces with students and faculty of the Church Music Division. Well-known worship leaders direct our seminary and local church musicians in presenting a concert of praise with combined choirs and orchestra.