• Catalyzing Spiritual Imagination...

  • ...with enduring wisdom...

  • ...for transformative faith leadership

Who we are

The BTS Center is a think tank and incubator for 21st-century ministry. We create and support educational events, projects, and research inquiries in the fields of religion, spirituality, practical theology, and ministry.

We are a non-profit charitable organization in Maine, carrying on the historic, chartered mission of Bangor Theological Seminary (est. 1814). We seek to be generous stewards of our legacy, re-framing our purpose of preparing faith leaders for ministry in a 21st-century, digitally-integrated, multi-faith world.

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What we do

  • We collaborate with others who share our vision and values.
  • We convene generative gatherings
  • We create and curate fresh thinking
  • We fund selected projects as an active partner, investing in faith leaders and organizations prepared to apply innovative thinking to equip and support creative leadership for both familiar and emerging forms of ministry, and religious/spirituality-based leadership that resists traditional labels and forms. 

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Why we do it

There is a great need for innovative vocational development for faith leaders in a world evolving right before our eyes, in ways not always welcome and at a breathtaking pace.

We believe The BTS Center is uniquely positioned and equipped to be a progressive spiritual, intellectual, and practical partner with others to encourage, support, and empower individuals and their communities as agents of change who embody God's mercy, reconciliation, and justice for all people and all of creation.

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“Even in the first generation, your pioneering founders wanted to do it differently. These people looked for something new and distinctive to do in the field of theological education.”

— Robert Wood Lynn


  • 10/12/18 — It’s launch day for our new-look web site. With new Vision, Mission, Values statements, it was time for a refresh. And we have updates to Our Work that we want to let you know about. Let us know what we can do to make this an even more robust resource for you!
  • 10/12/18 — Check out the new format for our Bearings online magazine. Monthly Issues with a theme for the featured articles. Learning more on the Bearings Magazine pages.
  • Read our news about our partnership with ARC: Arts|Religion|Culture
  • 10/12/18 — SAVE the DATE:
    • CONVOCATION 2019
    • April 5-6
    • Theme and Location to be announced
    • In partnership with The Maine Conference UCC & the Maine Council of Churches


Connor Holttum gives his reflections about seeking and finding spirituality on the Pacific Northwest Trail.
Give his article a read to explore this issue's theme of "Into the Wild."


#spirituality #21stcenturyspirituality #hiking #seeking

Check out "Calling Across the Bow" by @edrescherphd !

Check out @edrescherphd ‘s “Calling Across the Bow” where she speaks about Bearing’s new issue and how Bearings has found its voice. #21centuryministry #ministry #spirituality #magazine https://t.co/IQUMoqWO0C