Congregational health has always been at the heart of Central’s mission, but the changes confronting the church in the 21st century have inspired renewed investment in the teaching and practice of church vitality at Central.
A legacy endowment from Des Peres Baptist Church in St. Louis established a chair in congregational health in 2011. It exists to equip leaders who bring health, skill, resilience and imagination to the church for the exceptional challenges of this day.
For experienced leaders ready to expand their effectiveness, a new Doctor of Ministry degree in congregational health offers options in two essential aspects of congregational life: missional church and pastoral care. It uses a cohort design to provide a collaborative learning community that reaches beyond the classroom. In addition, global perspectives and relationships are offered through Central’s unique Myanmar/Burma and Korean language D.Min. tracks.
Recognizing the need to balance scholarship with real-world experience, internships, coaching and community clinical pastoral education play an increasingly significant role in the seminary curriculum.
Central’s commitment to congregational health also extends to churches directly through continuing education, leadership training, workshops, research and coaching. In collaboration with The Center for Congregational Health and Pinnacle Leadership Associates, Central develops and makes available solid, practical and creative resources for a faithful and vibrant church.