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Racism in the Church

ABC of Wisconsin Commission On Congregational Mission In 2021 and 2022, the Commission on Congregational Mission took on the Social Justice issue of “Racism in the church.” The Commission members decided to educate and inform themselves by reading several books that were recommended by ABCUSA and by Region staff. Commission members did some of that […]

Financial Workshop – October 29

Financial Workshop for Church Treasurers and Finance Committees Saturday, October 29 – 9:30 am [at the Region office or online] Do you know what reporting the IRS expects from your church? Are you confident the church financials would stand up to an IRS audit? Are you confident the church is handling financial items the right […]

Adaptive Change: Responding to Volatile Times = Recording Now Available!

Adaptive Change – Thursday, August 11 @ 7pm Recording of the session available here on YouTube. Churches have been challenged by circumstances well beyond our control in the past couple of years. The changes we’ve gone through in our efforts to be church during a pandemic have been, among other things, frightening, thrilling, invigorating, and […]

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 […]

Current Scholarship Opportunities

For students and seminarians who are a part of the Wisconsin region.

AB Women's Scholarship

The American Baptist Women's Ministries of Wisconsin's Scholarship Program continues thanks to the generosity of our AB Women for generations here in Wisconsin. All applications are due by March 31st to be granted in time for the fall of the same year.
Criteria:
A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a woman who will:
be a youth graduate from high school and will be attending a secondary school, college or university as an undergraduate in the current year (preference given to those attending an institution affiliated with American Baptist Churches, USA)
OR
an adult woman who is starting a secondary school, college, or university (preference given to those attending an institution affiliated with American Baptist Churches, USA)
OR
attending a seminary that is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA.
1. They must be an active member of an American Baptist Church (for seminary students, they must be an active member for at least three years)
2. They must have references from the pastor and one other church leader.
3. Must apply for renewal annually once a scholarship is granted (can be renewed for four years)
Application Deadline: March 31st

To apply, please use this form.


For other clergy and seminarian scholarships, please click here.

 

 

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)