It takes a village to train seminary students

It takes a village to train a seminary student

I recently visited Central Seminary’s Milwaukee campus.  While there I was fortunate to meet with Rev. Marie Onwubuariri, Area Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, and to learn about the many initiatives that ABCWI is instituting in cooperation with local churches.

I also toured the facilities of two community partners.  The Milwaukee Christian Center is a vital community hub where members from various neighborhoods can receive life changing services and life affirming opportunities.  Not only does the MCC provide food and other basic services to people in need, they also train young adults in multiple construction disciplines in order for them to be able to secure gainful employment.

I ended my time in Milwaukee at Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin which is led by Rev. Dr. Carmen Porco, an adjunct faculty member for CBTS.  Under Dr. Porco’s leadership, HMABW has grown from a small organization that developed housing to a bustling entity that prides itself on engaging a spectrum of needs for an entire community.

All three of these organizations are bustling with energy, comradery, and opportunity.  These organizations will serve as sites where CBTS students that need/will need to complete internships can learn how to do ministry in multiple ways.  They all seek to enhance student opportunities to “live what they learn.”


An organization worth knowing

Forest Avenue Family Shelter is the largest single women’s shelter in the Kansas City metro area. Forest Avenue has, for the past thirty years, provided emergency housing for single women and single women with children including battered women and victims of prostitution and sex trafficking.
The Forest Avenue Family Shelter seeks to fulfill the Great Commission while meeting the spiritual and physical needs of Kansas City’s homeless through “soup, soap, and salvation.”

The shelter’s goal is to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless women. Services include shelter, meals, and case management. Spiritual strengthening is done through daily devotionals, voluntary bible study, and discipleship training.  This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or groups to get involved in ministry.  If you would like to get involved in helping us as a ministry–we have something for almost everyone. To get involved, be sure to check out our “Get Involved” page.

Forest Avenue Family Shelter has two internship opportunities that are currently available:

Resident Chaplain Intern 

The Forest Avenue Family Shelter is in need of women in ministry who want to make a difference in the spiritual lives of homeless women. Our shelter caters to single women, battered women and women with children. We also occasionally have as guests those rescued from sex trafficking.

Ministry opportunities would include Preaching, Small group leadership, One-on-One Counseling, Administrative.

Requirements for Resident Chaplains: To be on duty three nights in the Shelter. To attend Forest Avenue Church.  To be an example to the guests with character befitting a Christian and conduct befitting a Christian.

Non-resident Shelter Intern Ministries

Chapel Preaching, One-on-One Witness Training, Crisis Counseling, Social Work, Assistant Manager

For more information about either position, please contact Ken Smith, or (816) 753-4753.


An opportunity worth considering

April 15 and 16- Face to Face interviews with Search Committees representing American Baptist Congregations within Indiana/Kentucky, Greater Indianapolis, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois/Missouri

The American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky will host “Face to Face” meetings this year partnering with the Indianapolis, Great Rivers, Michigan, and Ohio regions of American Baptist Churches.  This year’s event will be held April 15-16, at Richmond (Indiana) FBC.

These “Face to Face” meetings are an opportunity for pastoral candidates to have first time interviews with a number of search committees over a two day period.

This will occur at First Baptist Church, 1601 South A St. Richmond, Indiana 47374.  For more details about the event, visit


For a current listing of available internship and ministry opportunities for Central students, alumni, and friends, please click here: ministry and job opportunities 4-6-16.

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