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 Delegation to Attend Myanmar Baptist Convention “Baptist Mission Bicentenary Celebration"
On November 30, a group of ten people will travel to Myanmar to attend the Myanmar Baptist Convention celebration of the Judson mission legacy. The group will be led by President Molly T. Marshall. Others in the group include Central student Angela Jackson, who will be sharing the Judson story with the group; Vice President John Gravley, who is handling the logistics; Francisco Litardo, who is capturing media from the experience; and six friends of Central who simply want to be part of this historic celebration.
The group will travel south to Mawlemyine (Moulmein) and Amherst for the first few days of the trip to see the historic Judson sites in this area. Next they will travel back to Yangon for the Myanmar Baptist Convention celebrations (to be held December 4-8). Highlights of the celebrations will be the Blessing and Ribbon cutting ceremony, the worship service on the first night featuring ABC General Secretary Roy Medley, the tributes to the Judsons and other missionaries, and the Consecration and Communion Worship Service.
Central is honored to be in partnership with the Myanmar Institute of Theology and to share in the ongoing legacy of the Judsons’ mission service. With over 30 Central Doctor of Ministry students spread throughout the country, the seminary has a unique connection to Myanmar and the ongoing witness of the Gospel there.
Opportunities to participate in these kinds of events, even more importantly, also impact and enhance Central’s awareness of God’s activity throughout the world. Watch the website for blog posts and other updates from the travelers in the coming days. May this wonderful mission legacy continue to bear fruit in Myanmar and all over the world.