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2021 Events: Mark Your Calendars!

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Churches are integral to the well- being of neighborhoods and communities. By placing ministries alongside others, seeking partnerships with community residents, and building strong networks and coalitions, the gifts of everyone can be harnessed to strengthen communities.

Upon completion of the four-units that comprise the Certificate in Community Engagement and Ministry, you will have the skills to help your congregation move outside the walls of the church building and strengthen your engagement with neighbors, and the neighborhood. You will be equipped to guide your church to deepen its connection to your community and discover a renewed sense of purpose.

2021-2022 Certificate Timeline
Foundations and Theology of Place-Based Community Building: September 7 through October 1, 2021 Asset-Based Community Development: October 18 through November 12, 2021
Connecting and Collaborating: January 24 through February 18, 2022
Facilitative Leadership: March 7 through April 1, 2022

Registration is now open for the Foundations and Theology of Place-Based Community Building.

Registration deadline is September 3, 2021.

For more information on cost, who should register, and how to register click here.

The Gathering, A Womanist Church: Origins, Stories, Sermons, and Litanies

Wipf & Stock, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, released a book by Irie Lynne Session, Kamilah Hall Sharp & Jann Aldredge-Clanton: The Gathering, A Womanist Church: Origins, Stories, Sermons, and Litanies. At the following link you will find the book description along with endorsements and other information: LINK.

Who we are

The Center for Faith and Imagination is a Lilly Endowment-funded department at Memphis Theological Seminary. We serve the Mid-South region.


What we do

CFI supports seminarians, graduates, pastors, and faith leaders of all denominations with resources and opportunities to thrive in ministry. 


How you connect

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God's call to ministry is

A Beautiful, Burdensome Thing

The Center for Faith and Imagination provides sustenance for the journey