January 23, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to complete our online questionnaire. Your participation will help Central's Foundation Capital Campaign Team in its discernment on how to proceed with undergirding the ongoing mission of Central. You are joining a conversation that has been underway for a number of years.
Central has been blessed with a significant ministry over the past 112 years. We look now to how we secure that ministry for future generations.
Over the past three years, the student population of Central has seen unprecedented growth of 300%. This is not the case with most seminaries accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and we want to provide the best educational delivery to those who will spiritually guide and serve. Our current facilities cannot accommodate the demand. Students are finding the progressive, multicultural, and global ministry preparation we offer compelling. Further, Central distinguishes itself by its focus on empowering women for senior leadership, and we are a lead learner as an institution.
At this important horizon, Central seeks to broaden its mission in four ways: 1) through capital improvements to our campus, especially classroom enhancement and the educational technology infrastructure for more accessible learning experiences; 2) through endowing 50 full student scholarships; 3) through underwriting an unparalleled leadership development initiative for women, and, 4) through growing an endowment that will ensure long-term sustainability for Central's unique role in forming leaders with spiritual depth who can serve the cause of the Gospel boldly.
Ensuring a viable, long-term future for Central is necessary that we might continue to form women and men after the likeness of Christ for the sake of the church and the world.
Dr. John Gravley
Central Foundation - President