Christian Theological Seminary Enters New Affiliation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations

    Christian Theological Seminary is one of only two seminaries in the country supported by the Center

    Indianapolis, Indiana - March 24, 2015 - Christian Theological Seminary, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the Indianapolis Center for Congregations recently announced a new affiliation. This relationship will benefit the constituents of all three institutions, who will gain increased access to knowledge about congregations as well as other opportunities to support the congregations they serve. This affiliation involves a governance role, as representatives from the two seminaries will serve on the Center’s board of directors.

    The new relationship is based on the Center’s role as a supporting organization of Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and according to Tim Shapiro, president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations (ICC), this relationship is unique in that no other seminaries are supported by the Center in such a capacity. ICC, CTS and LPTS engage congregations from many different faith traditions and are committed to strengthening congregations and their leaders for the future.

    “We are very fortunate to have a longstanding relationship with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations,” said Christian Theological Seminary President Matthew Myer Boulton. “And we are excited about this new affiliation with ICC and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and everything it can do to strengthen our congregations, leadership and students.”  

    Shapiro said that the ICC will seek practical ways to support the missions of CTS and LPTS and will share with the seminaries what it has learned from the Indiana congregations it serves. This shared information will enhance ICC’s influence and augment the resources that CTS and LPTS provide.

    “Every day the Center works directly with congregations. We learn from them how they effectively address every imaginable congregational issue,” said Shapiro. “We are eager to share what we’ve learned with these two dynamic theological institutions so that more congregational leaders can benefit.”