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Realities of Our New Normal

The Commission on Congregational Mission of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin has chosen as its focus for the first half of 2021 the topic of “stewardship.” The Commission has pursued research on the topic, particularly as it relates to engaging younger generations. Members meet monthly to share their learnings with one another and to develop […]

Taking Inventory: Preparing for the Next Phase in Ministry

Clergy Well-being & Self-Care         You are invited to a Zoom gathering, co-hosted by ABC of Wisconsin and CENTRAL Wisconsin. THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 @ 12:00 PM Central Time As our society cautiously enters a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Zoom meeting will be an opportunity for those providing Pastoral leadership and […]


POSTPONED. Due the restrictions on gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 virus, and out of an abundance of caution, we have POSTPONED the Teaching Pastors Forum scheduled for March 26. We will look to rescheduled this TPF in the future. The FIRST Teaching Pastors Forum of 2020. Presented by CENTRAL Wisconsin Seminary Site Theology for/with/from the […]

Proclaim: Your Life Speaks – Our Lives Speak 2020

  In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Urban Center of Milwaukee and the Public Theology Institute will hold a community-wide forum. Rooted and grounded in key speeches by Dr. King, discussions will be lead on the intersections of church, Christianity, liberation and empowerment. Please join us Friday, January 24th, 2020 and Saturday […]

Current students: Scholarship opportunities

  • Visit HERE for the current grant application for seminarians and for Blumer funds.
  • Click HERE for the Melvin J. Battle Scholarship application from Calvary Baptist Church.
  • Click HERE for information about a scholarship program from Church Mutual.


Battle Scholarship (6-20-2019)

I learned so much from CENTRAL Wisconsin

Connect with a seminary that is GLOBAL, PERSONAL and HORIZONAL.  CENTRAL Wisconsin seminary site is a partnership of the Central Baptist Theological Seminary and the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, with key support from Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin.

If you'd like to find out more about the seminary and how to apply, please visit apply.cbts.edu.  For more general information about the seminary, including a description of degree programs, please visit cbts.edu.

HISTORY: CENTRAL Wisconsin seminary site began in 2005 as a response to a perceived need for accredited theological education from a Baptist perspective in the Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin region. In partnership with Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin established a seminary site housed in the region offices, offering classes on a weekend schedule to accommodate working students.  Providential relationships, most prominently Housing Ministries, and strategic partnerships built upon these humble beginnings to the point that in 2009-2010 the site gained full “degree-granting” status from the accrediting agencies.  This status meant that students could take the full curriculum from skilled local faculty who also happen to be ministerial practitioners in the area – all from the Region offices in Elm Grove. In May 2019, we celebrate our 10th graduating class bringing the total number of alumni to 31.  Graduates have served and are serving in a variety of ministry positions: Pastor, Minister, Christian Education Minister, Men’s Ministry Coordinator, National Park Ministry Chaplain, Hospital Chaplain, Vacation Bible School Curriculum Writer, and Early Childhood Educator.


The M.Div. curriculum for CBTS has undergone a significant change as the seminary tries to be more nimble and responsive in training ministers to serve in an increasingly complex world.  Students now have the option of taking courses remotely alongside students from around the country and the world, utilizing current technologies.  Nevertheless, ministry - and especially ministerial training – is fundamentally a personal and local exercise.  So the site will continue providing support to local students who take advantage of these offerings through student services, grants, and contextual learning opportunities.  We may be offering the new curriculum onsite for students if enrollment and interest is sufficient.  For more information on seminary programs and the process of application, visit apply.cbts.edu .


As the seminary site is housed in and run through the Region office, several opportunities for theological education, even apart from the degree track, are opening up on the horizon for American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin.  The ABC/WI Region considers this relationship to be a great asset and benefit, allowing opportunities for Continuing Education of ministers, lay ministerial training, one day seminars, as well as other opportunities as yet unconceived.


Bring your needs, skills, and ideas to the table for ongoing theological reflection and conversation.  Come participate in the thrilling journey of theological education as a way of responding to God’s call. Contact ... cbts.wisconsin@abcofwi.org – or john.jones@abcofwi.org



Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall blogs about her visit as Preacher to the ABC/WI 2016 Annual Gathering, where several CENTRAL Wisconsin alumni had a strong showing.  Click on photo above.