(March 21, 2013, Indianapolis, IN) — Christian Theological Seminary’s new Center for Pastoral Excellence launched its website, www.cpx.cts.edu, this week. A creative collection of dynamic content from the five initiatives that comprise the Center, the website provides a gateway into a new kind of online reading and learning environment.
The site features a stable of resources supporting The Discipleship Project, New Media Project, Pastoral Excellence Network, and Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs. Leaders and participants in the programs are introduced on the site. The initiatives produce new content regularly on their own blog and news feeds, which in turn are also curated through the main Center portal. Currently, the New Media Project provides video from its recent conference; other initiatives will follow with more video. The newest initiative on preaching and worship is not yet fully developed on the site, however readers can meet the staff.
Abundant opportunities exist to share the content and interact with others over stories and blog posts. The website offers many social media features and connections. Readers may also sign up for RSS feeds and e-newsletters to keep them up to date on new posts and stories.
The site has been designed to maximize opportunities for readers and initiative leaders to share their insights and teaching with each other and with their friends. The aim of the Center for Pastoral Excellence is to address and support the long arc of ministry from vocational discernment to training to sustaining excellence ministry for a lifetime.
While most initiatives are either new or have not been online before, the New Media Project was founded three years ago with a robust website. The project has now moved the full content of its original website to the new Center site, including more than 200 blog posts, rich theological essays, descriptive case studies, recommendations for best new media practices, and resources to help readers access the information.
The new Center website also demonstrates how fully integrated into the community of Christian Theological Seminary the Center for Pastoral Excellent can be. Through the main Center portal, seminary events and news can be featured, as can faculty projects, publications, blogs, videos and more. Numerous connections to www.cts.edu throughout the site may help new readers discover more about the seminary as well.
The website, along with the Center for Pastoral Excellence, is supported by generous initial funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. To read more about the Center, visit the new website!