As part of that effort, the school is considering a merger with Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary. According to a letter written by John Leland President Mark Olson to students, Truett sees the partnership as a way to further enhance its reputation as a leading national seminary. The two sides began discussing the potential move in February 2016 with leadership, and a combining of both seminaries' resources could expand their reach nationwide.
In a preview of what a potential merger might look like, Truett’s Dean Todd Still will teach a January intensive at John Leland. The term classes will give students an idea of seminary study to determine if they would like to continue down a path of Christian ministry.