Taking Work with Youth to New Levels
After three years of teaching high school Chris Miller found himself less interested in the material and more interested in the students themselves. With a BS in Secondary Education & Theater from Southwest Baptist University, he felt a call to take his work with youth to a new level.
“My greatest passion has been my students at school and the youth at my church,” he says. Budget cutbacks that reduced his hours at school, increased involvement with his church's youth program, and much reflection and prayer led Chris to the create program. He hopes to find a full time position as a youth pastor.
Cultivating Excellence Campaign
Campaign Reaches Milestone
Central is nearing completion of the first phase of its capital campaign. In November of 2007, shortly after moving to the Shawnee campus, the board voted to launch a $3 million dollar capital campaign. The feasibility study conducted by our fundraising consultants projected that this would be a stretch for Central since we had not had a successful capital campaign for many years. (The last new construction had been in the early 1960’s, when the Pratt-Journeycake Library was built.)
At this point, Central has raised $7.8 million dollars, which includes money for two endowed chairs: the Fred E. Young Chair in Hebrew Bible and the Des Peres Chair in Congregational health. We give thanks for the generosity of friends of Central who are participating in the seminary’s renewal. We celebrate this milestone.
We are not finished, however. Actually, one capital campaign should role into another as the mission continues to grow! In October we received a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, OK, for $500,000 toward new housing on our campus. This will not be old-school seminary housing, but flexible conference housing that can accommodate
- D.Min students from US and Myanmar for short-term courses
- International students completing master’s degrees
- other short term guests whose stay will enrich the seminary community
Over the next several months, Central will be seeking to garner $1 million dollars in new pledges in order to receive the funds from Mabee. We ask that you will give prayerful consideration to how you could contribute to the generative community that this kind of living space makes possible. To make a pledge, click on the “Give now” button on the lower left hand corner of this page.