Central started serving ministry leaders in 1901 and has been serving ever since. The founding mission of the school was to serve the Northern and Southern Baptist church leaders out in the growing Midwest. Over the past 113 years, Central has fulfilled that mission and even expanded that mission to include a variety of denominations and non-denominational organizations. Today the over 500 students at Central span a wide variety of groups and perspectives.
Central is connected in various ways with ABC-USA, CBF, ChurchNet, NBC, DOC, UCC, AME, UM, PCUSA, and the various regional areas associated with these groups. The relationship with these larger groups is constantly important to the mission of Central.
Working in cooperation with three seminaries in the Greater Kansas City Area, Central offers cross-registration for courses taught in any of the member seminaries. Affiliated with Central in this arrangement are Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Saint Paul School of Theology.
Central has a global perspective and reach. President Marshall has a stated goal that every student at Central have some type of cross-cultural learning experience during their course of study at Central. Students travel to Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) as part of two of our programs, and students over the past few years have had the opportunity to serve as interns in Kenya, Hong Kong, and Haiti.
Additionally there are programs for fine arts collaboration and urban studies exploration with partner schools in the KC area.