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.
Midrash and a Meal
You are invited to Central Baptist Seminary Alumni/ae Association's
Midrash & a Meal
Alumni/ae and friends are invited throughout the year for a meal and discussion of a book pre-selected by Central faculty/staff/alums, who will also facilitate the discussion. So far these have been convened by Dr. Molly T. Marshall, Dr. Terry Rosell, Dr. Richard P. Olson, and Dr. David May.
We hope you will plan to participate in the next discussion which is Thursday, January 30, with Central DMin student Rev. Wallace Smith and Central Alum Tyler Tankersley. They will discuss A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America's Adolescents by
Here are the schedule and more information:
Schedule for January 30:
11:00 a.m. – Lunch
11:15 a.m. – Discussion
2:00 p.m. – Activities Conclude
Conveners: Wallace Smith, Pastor of Journey Community Church and CBTS DMin student, and Tyler Tankersley, Associate Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, and 2012 CBTS alum.
Book: A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America's Adolescents by
Click here to order it from Amazon.
Place: Library of Central Baptist Theological Seminary - Shawnee Campus
Meal: Bring your lunch with you
For scholarship opportunities, contact Rev. Derek Varney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you read the book yet? Would you like to share your initial reflections on it? If so, send your reflection to Robin Sandbothe at email@example.com.
See you there!!!
Watch for the schedule for upcoming Midrash & a Meal events! Mark your calendar, start reading, and plan to join us for some lively discussions.
April - Convener will be Dr. Laura Moore - watch for updates about the date and book
Click here for reflections on the upcoming and past Midrash & a Meal events
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