While I had just come back to faith and was starting to grow in my home church, First Baptist Church Murfreesboro, I had never envisioned going to seminary. In need of spiritual growth and understanding, everything pointed me in that direction; however, our family is a single income family with four children. My job was crucial and I could not see how I could possibly attend seminary.
Just when I thought that there was no hope, I was surprised by a flyer about a seminary that would be housed in my church. I found out that classes would be done in intensives on Friday night and Saturday and that the tuition was subsidized through the generosity of grants. I finally got it all together and started my seminary journey at Central Baptist Theological Seminary - Tennessee.
This format allowed me to complete my degree without missing any work or taking too much time away from my family. At the same time, I was able to develop an understanding of how to apply the skills from seminary to my sense of calling as a marketplace minister and allowed me to find ways to execute this ministry. After completion of seminary, my home church ordained me and blessed me in this calling.
I am extremely grateful for Central for the work it has done in my life by providing a thought provoking broad theological education.
Central is a professional graduate school of theology affiliated with the American Baptist Churches U.S.A. and in full support of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The seminary’s Institutional Support Program (ISP) allows a close and supportive relationship with the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, as well as neighboring ABC regions.
Churches affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship also serve as vital partners in ministry with Central Seminary, providing scholarship support and ministerial placements for some Central students and graduates. In addition, Central Seminary receives support from churches of many other denominations across the United States.
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 Baptist Theological Seminary provides overseas learning programs. Students can spend a semester at Spurgeon’s College in London or travel to Southeast Asia for mission experiences or study intensives.
The University of Missouri‐Kansas City Center for Religious Studies is a consortium of several area educational institutions that have agreed to pool their academic resources to cooperate in establishing a religious studies discipline on the Ph.D. level. The center is the administrative and academic home of the religious studies discipline in UMKC’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and is governed by the regulations and requirements of that program.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary is a member of the UMKC Center for Religious Studies consortium, and Central faculty are asked to serve as adjunct doctoral faculty supervising dissertation research.