The world needs a new generation of people of faith from all professions and walks of life – not only full-time, part-time, or volunteer clergy – to invite us to listen, to share, and to believe once again.
Spiritual leaders need entrepreneurial and creative skills and need to develop spiritual and professional abilities dedicated to serve humanity.
Central Seminary’s curriculum provides a palette of new and innovative learning experiences, which leaders can access from any location around the world, to use as they creatively paint upon the canvas of their vocations.
“I began with the thought that maybe a friend or two would join me in my driveway for conversation and s’mores. It turned into much more than that. Neighbors I had never met before, friends from the metro area and beyond joined my two children and me to gather around the firebowl to roast marshmallows and form relationships. What I learned was that we all need community. S’more Club is more than the sum of its chocolate and marshmallow parts. My seminary training has helped me add a label to what’s happening – we call it church.”
—Elizabeth Buckner, MDiv student
“I am a part of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and became so through much doubt, uncertainty, and determination. Being a part of this process has taught me that I have to trust that God will be in charge of the details and reveal them to me when I need to know them. I don’t know what will come of it, but I know that it will be enriching, challenging and will help me grow – everything that I prayed to God that I wanted.”
—Jordan Milan, MDiv student in the Women’s Leadership Initiative
at CENTRAL Tennessee
“I left my teaching position to help revitalize my grandfather’s farm. I asked myself, ‘If farming were to become my ministry, what would I build?’ Central is helping me consider how to make the farm ecological, sustainable, and economically viable, as well as theologically responsible.”
—Joshua Payne, MDiv student
“There was a time when I believed that God could not love me because I was gay. Today, I am proud to be at a seminary which is preparing me to share the message that God loves each and every one of us as we are.”
—Bethany Meier, MDiv student
Central’s innovative degree programs are preparing leaders for the ever-changing opportunities and challenges that shape our existence. Visit one of our campuses. Talk with our remarkable faculty. Try one of our courses to see how we are weaving study and hands-on experiences with important issues like cross-cultural understanding, social justice, and personhood.