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Archives and Special Collections at Southeastern: Slack, James papers

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Slack, James, 1875-2014, predominant 1960-2014

Creator(s): Slack, James (1938 - 2018)
Date(s): 1874-2014, predominant 1960-2014

Extent: 13.35 cubic feet.

Biographical Note:  
Dr. James (Jim) Slack was born August 10, 1938 in Minden, Louisiana. After graduating from Plain Dealing High School in 1956, Slack went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts in 1960 from Northwestern State College in Natchitoches, Louisiana. After college, Slack enrolled in graduate studies at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and it was here that he began to develop a desire to serve in the mission field. In 1962, Jim wed Mary Alice Prestridge and the Slacks began pursuing service in the foreign mission field. Mr. and Mrs. Slack made their initial departure for the Philippines in 1965, and would remain active in serving there until their retirement from the field in 1989. Jim and Mary worked with the Philippine Baptist Mission (PBM) and served in various capacities throughout the country. Jim served as a professor and the head of the Bible Department at the Southern Baptist College in M’Lang. At other points during his time in the Philippines, Jim Slack served as a church planter, interim pastor, consultant for the PBM, and Church Growth Director for the Manila Metro Area. Following his retirement from the mission field he remained active working for the International Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia. As the result of many of his experiences in the Philippines, Slack was interested in developing a better method for sharing the gospel with peoples from purely oral cultures. Slack, and other missionaries, collaborated to create Chronological Bible Storying as a tool for embracing the oral traditions of non-literate cultures and sharing the gospel with the people therein. Slack used his research from the Chronological Bible Storying project to earn a Doctor of Ministry in 1995 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Slack’s work greatly innovated the way in which SBC missionaries engaged non-literate people groups, and became the new standard by which missionaries were trained.  James Slack passed away November 15, 2018.

Scope and Contents: 
This collection contains graduate and doctoral research and work, correspondence, and sermons and sermon notes written and delivered by Dr. Slack. Materials related to the Philippine mission include publications by the Philippine Baptist Mission and photographs of Dr. Slack's ministry. Additional material represents Dr. Slack's work stateside with the International Mission Board, which include: interoffice emails and correspondence, IMB research on church planting and growth, and research and presentations related to orality and Chronological Bible Storying. Resources in this collection are in the form of text, photographs, audio cassettes, and 16 mm film.

Language(s): English, Tagalog
Conditions Governing Access:  This collection is open for research.
Processing History:  Papers arranged and described by Jonathan Lawler, Archives and Digital Collections Manager, and Charles Haley, Archives Assistant, August - October 2018.
Preferred Citation: James Slack papers, Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.
Repository: Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
Resource Identifier: ARC 083
Subjects and Access Points: 
Southern Baptist Convention. Foreign Missions Board
Southern Baptist Convention. International Missions Board
Chronological Bible Storying