• 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


  • 10/29/18 — After four years on the staff of The BTS Center as Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Pamela Shellberg is leaving at the end of November for a new position in Madison, Wisconsin. Pam is looking ahead to being the Director of Life-Long Faith Formation at Bethel Lutheran Church, a church to which she’s been long connected – as well as looking forward to a return to Madison which was her home in the 1980s and 90s. This is also a return to her extended family who lives in Wisconsin and in the greater Chicago area. Read more: https://conta.cc/2D8amKn
  • 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


As an additional piece to our Tree of Life Special Issue, we asked @breezely1462 to gather poems from Pittsburgh writers in lamentation of the Tree of Life Massacre. May we #NeverForget.

Check out the article here: https://t.co/meVKikddxk


I used to think #selfcare was just #laziness too. But, it's really an act of #resistance #Sabbath @TheBTSCenter https://t.co/QzyFmja7Vk

Welcome to our November issue of Bearings: "Ministry on the Edge." We hope you are challenged, and perhaps encouraged to push against your own faith boundaries.
#faith #21stcenturyministry #ministry #ministryontheedge