Pastor Antoine Lee of Central Christian Church in Kansas City was eager to complete seminary, but work, family – and cost – made a Master of Divinity degree program seem unobtainable, until Rev. Debra Sermons, Central's Director of Recruitment, told him about the create program and the thoughtful planning that goes into each individual's schedule.
The create program is fully scholarshiped, schedules are designed for busy people, and classes are offered in Kansas City's urban core. “It was like they met all my needs before knowing my personal situation!” says Antoine. “I express sincere gratitude for everyone who was involved in making it possible for me to continue my education. Thank you!”
A Student’s Testimony: Leadership Coaching in DMin Program
I am thankful that Central Baptist Theological Seminary has included coaching as an ongoing element in its D.Min. program. It provides a unique opportunity for incorporation of fresh learnings with ongoing ministry. At a very personal level I have found the coaching relationship to be a genuine gift. As the opportunities and challenges of ministry consistently draw my focus outward, the coaching relationship offers unique and appropriate occasions for intentional reflection. Through thoughtful listening and gentle inquiry my coach provides a safe space for self-analysis and discovery.
After more than 30 years of pastoral ministry I have discovered that it is easy to fall into predictable patterns of behavior and response. Even as many of those patterns have proven to be beneficial, it is refreshing to step aside and see them in light of new situations and challenges. My coach has encouraged me to think again about some of those basic issues of my calling, commitment and giftedness. In light of fresh challenges that inevitably come from new circumstances and perspectives gained from decades of ministry, it has been good to renegotiate some of those fundamental pathways. The future has a different sort of appeal at age 60 than it did at age 30. The professional coaching provided by Central Seminary has encouraged me to regularly step aside from daily concerns and intentionally look forward to an every changing future.