Learning for Leadership

Central Seminary’s 2019 Annual Report

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Please pray for the seminary during this time of transition – for our seminary community of students, staff, faculty, and leadership team; for good endings and good beginnings; and for the future of our mission to prepare leaders for seeking God, shaping church, and serving humanity and all creation.

Contextualized Learning Integrates Classroom and Ministry Experiences

Society and the church are going through significant changes, and many seminary students are seeking new and creative forms of service and ministry.


Central Joins the Digital Theological Library

So, what is the Digital Theological Library? In its own words, the DTL is “a co-owned, born-digital library of religious and theological studies.”



One Body Emphasis

In 2019, the faculty of Central voted to adopt the One Body Initiative, envisioned by Dr. Robert Johnson. This initiative enacts a new model of community formation that aligns with the seminary’s evolving geography.



Central Seminary Continues to Pursue Strategic Partnerships

Studies regarding the future of higher education and which schools will thrive highlight the value of collaboration and partnerships between organizations and institutions.


Director of DMin Program to Lead Training in Myanmar

Dr. John Park, Des Peres Assistant Professor of Congregational Health and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, will lead a full day of church leadership training for the alumni/ae of Lisu Theological Seminary in Myanmar at the end of February.


Central Awards Student Grants

One Result of Central’s Participation in the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers initiative sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.



Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising Comes to the Central Campus

Central Seminary is pleased to host the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising April 27-30, 2020. If you are a pastor, nonprofit leader, fund developer, or simply a generous person of faith interested in cultivating generosity around you, the ECRF is for you. Please join us!


New Counseling Degree Program Approved at Central

Central’s new counseling program emphasizes the clinical setting, preparing students to be licensed practitioners.



One Church’s Response to Joining God in Saving the Earth

Several members of Englewood Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri, participated in Joining God in Saving the Earth: Mobilizing for Action on the Climate Crisis at Central in October as their churchwide retreat.

Beyond the Divisions: Faith and Politics 20/20 – Saturday, April 18, 2020 – CANCELLED

During a consequential election year and in an atmosphere of contentious partisan politics, Christians carry on their lives as “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Our situation raises important questions for anyone who takes faith AND citizenship seriously. WATCH FOR AN ALTERNATIVE OFFERING OF CONTENT FROM THIS EVENT


A Successful Student Takes a Village

“Central Seminary prepares women and men for seeking God, shaping church, and serving humanity and all creation. That is our mission, and I believe that student success should be measured against that vision.”


Honoring Treasured Faculty

Thursday evening, November 14, 2019, will stand as a milestone in Central’s venerable history.



Personal. Global. Horizonal

A Campaign to Support the Endowment of Central Baptist Theological Seminary – click here to make a gift to sustain the seminary into the future


Annual Givers and Learners Statistics

We are grateful for the community of givers who support Central Seminary’s mission. Thanks to this community we are privileged to engage a variety of learners through our innovative programs and gifted faculty.


Annual Giving 

A list of those who give to support Central’s mission





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