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Or contact Jessica Williams, Director of Alumni Engagement & Lifelong Learning at alumni@cbts.edu or 913-667-5708!


CENTRALIZE Annual Alumni Gathering | September 23-25, 2021

Click here to learn more about the Fall 2021 Virtual Alumni Gathering!

Nominate a Central Seminary alum for the annual Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence to be awarded at CENTRALIZE 2021


Third Thursdays Lunch & Learn

All in the Central community are invited to join in Third Thursdays Lunch & Learn - students, faculty, staff, board members, and alumni! Each month we'll learn from an individual in the Central community about their recent scholarship, ministry, or personal interests.

August Lunch & Learn - Current Politics & COVID-19 in Myanmar



This Alumni Community of Practice meets twice monthly to share perspectives and discuss ways to dismantle systemic racism, poverty, brutality, and exclusion through honest dialogue about these issues within various ministry settings. 

Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. (CST)

Join as you are able.

Contact alumni@cbts.edu to register.

Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, Dominique DuBois Gilliard

In Rethinking Incarceration Dominique Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He assesses our nation’s ethic of meritocratic justice in light of Scripture and exposes the theologies that embolden mass incarceration. Gilliard then shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions. God’s justice is ultimately restorative, not just punitive. Discover how Christians can participate in the restoration and redemption of the incarceration system.

Join Central Alum Lee Jost for a lunchtime discussion of Gilliard's  2018 IVP Readers' Choice Award winning book.  Lee is Executive Director of a non-profit working to bring restoration, education and employment to men and women emerging from incarceration in Johnson County Kansas.  

Study Dates and Times:
August 25, 11:30-12:30 Zoom, Part 1- Introduction-Chapter 2
September 1, 11:30-12:30, Part 1 - Chapter 3-5
September 15, 11:30-12:30, Part 2 - Chapters 6-8
September 22, 11:30-12:30, Part 2 - Chapters 9-11

Reshaping Church Conversations is a series of virtual learning dialogues through Central Seminary's Reshaping Church: Thriving Congregations program. This series is intended to provide a space of collective learning and reflection for pastors and congregational leaders on critical topics for the thriving of congregations during challenging times. Each conversation will be guided by scholar-practitioners in the areas of pastoral leadership, congregational transformation, adaptive leadership, and social change.

Individuals who participate in all 6 of the ReShaping Church Conversations series are eligible for .9 CEUs.

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Theologian John Westerhoff reminds us that faith is a verb more than a noun. Faith is more than something one possesses. Faith is something we do. So how do we do faith in times of crisis? How do we help our people grow in faith during a pandemic? As we look to ReShaping Church, we must reshape faith formation in our congregations. Together we will explore some of the most significant trends in faith formation and how we enact and live out these trends in these emerging post-pandemic days.
Rodger Nishioka serves as the senior associate pastor and director of adult faith formation at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS. Prior to his coming to Village Church, he served for 15 years on the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA as the Benton professor of Christian Education. He is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.