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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 […]

TEACHING PASTORS FORUM (1) 3/26/20 POSTPONED!

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 […]

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)