• 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 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. 
  • We collaborate with others who share our vision and values.

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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


Announcements

  • 5/8/19 — (Deadline Extended) We are excited to announce an opportunity designed to encourage experimentation and transformation in organizations and faith communities. Through June 28, 2019 The BTS Center will be taking applications for one of our “Brave Change Planning Mini-Grants,” a funding initiative for communities and/or organizations looking to take a small-scale and concrete next step in their growth. Learn more here.
  • 4/29/19 — The BTS Center Board of Trustees announces the selection of The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill as our new Executive Director, following a national search. He will begin his work with the Center on July 1, succeeding The Rev. Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood who will retire at the end of June. Read more …

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In this e-newsletter, our new Executive Director, @RevAllenEM, writes: "It’s my third day on the job! As I begin, let me express my gratitude and joy to be stepping into this role as Executive Director of The BTS Center." Read on at the link >>
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Jaime Wright contemplates the experience of his mother’s battle with cancer as he studies the correlation between religion, God and women fighting cancer. Check out “Returning the Call” here: https://t.co/JmNAvOrAgx