The goal of contextualized learning at Central Baptist Theological Seminary is to help students connect the information that they learn in a classroom setting to the realities of ministry and service in the 21st Century. A simpler way of saying this is contextualized learning seeks to help students “live what they learn.”
Whether a student desires to serve a body of believers within a traditional church setting or serve the urban poor through a nonprofit social service agency or a ministry or business, contextualized learning seeks to help students and alumni bridge the divide between theory and reality.
How can the contextualized learning staff at Central help you?
• If you are a student at Central, we can help you identify an internship opportunity where you will earn academic credit.
• If you are an alumnus of Central, we can help you locate relevant full or part-time ministry opportunities.
• If you are a member of an organization that is seeking qualified applicants for a staff or ministry vacancy, we can connect you with capable people to fill your needs.
For more information about sharing a ministry opportunity or internship opportunity with Central students, or finding out about internship and ministry opportunities, please contact the Director of Contextualized Learning, Dr. Terrell Carter. For a current listing of available internship and ministry opportunities, please check below:
Volunteer Chaplain Opportunity (Overland Park, KS)
HCA Midwest Health/Overland Park Regional Medical Center (www.oprmc.com) wants to expand their volunteer chaplain program. Volunteer Chaplains provide a vital role in spiritual enrichment and healing within our hospital to our patients and/or families that request a chaplain. Those who would like more information should contact Dianna Clark, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at Dianna.Clark@hcamidwest.com or (913) 541-5304.
Internship Opportunity (Kansas City area)
CommuniTea is a grassroots not-for-profit gathering place for the neighborhood serving locally sourced tea, coffee and goodies and supporting local efforts to better our community. We focus on hiring at-risk youth aging out of the foster care system and donate our profits and resources to local non-profits and charities that we partner with.
Those who may be interested in participating in an internship through CommuniTea can find more information at:
Senior Pastor Position (Overland Park, KS)
First Baptist Church of Overland Park, Kansas is seeking a full-time senior pastor who will preach, teach, and lead the congregation. Ideally, the pastor would be a creative person of God with a vision of God’s mission in this community. We are seeking a candidate who will partner with American Baptist Churches of the Central Region and who has, or is willing to, receive a recognized American Baptist Ordination.
Overland Park is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri in Johnson County, Kansas. It is part of a stable, rather quiet neighborhood in a superior school district. Being near to a metropolitan area means that there are many opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and education.
First Baptist Church of Overland Park has been American Baptist church for over 100 years. It has a core of active Christians who seek God’s will and are open to different styles of worship and ministry. First Baptist Church has a relationship with Central Baptist Theological Seminary and recently has had five interns from Central. The congregation has helped two of these people work through the ordination process of the American Baptist Churches.
Our building is on a single floor structure with wide doors making it barrier free. The congregation has been generous in allowing others to use the building. Currently, Kansas New Vision Church, a predominately Korean Congregation, shares our building. On the months that have five Sundays, we have a shared a worship service and meal.
For more information regarding this placement, please contact American Baptist Churches of the Central Region Associate Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Nate Marsh (Nathan.Marsh@abccr.org) or 785/272-7622.
Associate Director of Children’s Ministries (Houston, TX)
Chapelwood United Methodist Church (www.chapelwood.org), a generous flagship church in the Texas Annual Conference, is looking for a dedicated and passionate full-time Associate Director of Children’s Ministries who will be responsible for leading and expanding children’s programming for 3rd – 5th graders on the main campus of Chapelwood.
The church’s mission for children is to reach and inspire children on the path to discipleship in addition to building commitment and trust with parents, training and equipping volunteers, and guiding the implementation of a Spirit-led vision serving children.
As Chapelwood moves strategically forward alongside Ministry Architects, this Associate Director will be a part of an enthusiastic program team that includes the Pastor of Family Discipleship, an active Children’s Ministry Core Team, a Director of Children’s Ministry, assistant age-level directors, interns, and a volunteer base working to lead the church’s children’s ministries and missions.
The successful candidate will have a college degree, 2-3 years of experience in children’s ministry leadership (preferably in a large congregation), and a strong personal faith consistent with the Methodist tradition.
Resumes along with a cover letter can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Family Ministries (Fort Wayne, IN)
TRINITY ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA, www.trinityenglish.org), a Christ-centered, traditional 3,300-member congregation in downtown Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is looking for a passionate and compassionate full-time Director of Family Ministries. Building on a current core group of about 75 active children and 60 active youth, the director will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive spiritual formation plan for infants through high school. The director will lead Trinity’s efforts to create a nurturing and welcoming faith community for children, youth, and their families that works together to change the world through Jesus.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, at least two years of experience in children’s or youth ministry leadership, and a strong personal faith consistent with the Lutheran tradition. He or she will join a team of dedicated and enthusiastic program staff leading the church’s ministries and missions. Resumes and a cover letter can be sent to email@example.com.
Multiple Positions- Westside Family Church (Lenexa, KS)
Providing care for our Kids Together ministry children while their moms are joining a community that supports, encourages and empowers them to grow to be better for their families and for themselves.
Our ministry to children is based on relationships. We want children to grow in their relationship with God and His Word. In addition, the children you work with will look to you as a role model. You will have many opportunities to share examples from your own growing walk with God.
We work diligently to establish guidelines to ensure a safe, secure, and loving environment for our children.
During the time spent with Kids Together children, Bible-based curriculum is provided. We do our best to make our classroom content consistent with the Early Childhood Ministry’s goals.
Every time a child is at Westside we will work together to build strong relationships with the child while helping them build strong, healthy relationships with their peers, all while sharing the Good News of Jesus. Our Early Childhood Ministry “Basic Truths” are:
God Made Me.
God Loves Me.
Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Everything we teach, say, and do will point back to these truths as we love and lead kids!
Pay: $10 per hour
Our current need is for 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings from 8:45-11:30.
Contact for this position: Susan Lacer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Associate – Student Ministry
Develop and give leadership over worship arts for the Student ministry programs.
Pay: $10-12 per hour
Associate Director – Student Ministry
Help Lead and give vision to Sunday morning programming, its staff and volunteer team who will lead and minister to Students. Personal focus will be
1. Oversee small group programming and implementation. (Lifegroups)
Pay: $10-12 per hour
Applications can be found at: www.westsidefamilychurch.com/jobs