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Authentic Diversity event by Underwood

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Underwood Memorial Baptist Church hosted our first event supported by the New Wineskin Events Grant called Authentic Diversity. Authentic Diversity was an online event in partnership with Rhonda Hill of Race and Faith, Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining, and the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Fifty registrants gathered for just over […]

Commission on Congregational Mission – Social Justice/Voting Rights

“SOCIAL JUSTICE/VOTING RIGHTS” OCTOBER 2, 2021 ANNUAL GATHERING OF ABC CHURCHES PANEL   To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord and than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3   Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute, Speak out Judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and […]

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 […]

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.

 

 

I learned so much from CENTRAL Wisconsin

The CENTRAL Wisconsin seminary site has now effectively CLOSED. The availability of the M.Div. curriculum through online delivery makes the site unsustainable.

But the value of the site to ABC Wisconsin and to the state more generally remains. For about 15 years, the seminary site provided the opportunity for rigorous theological education in a context of supportive fellowship. The 31 graduates who currently serve both locally in Wisconsin and across several other states are a testament to the good work that occurred here.

Below you can read a brief history of the site and its contribution to the life of American Baptists (and other good church-folk) in Wisconsin.

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 celebrated our 10th graduating class bringing the total number of graduates 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.

(a longer, more detailed history is in the works)