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Initiatives: Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning


The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning at Whitworth has served as bridge and link for the Spokane community both on and off campus. On campus, the center continues to foster the scholarship of the Whitworth faculty, to cultivate vocational discernment among its students, to provide resources for pastors, to train laity for effective ministry in congregations, and to collect primary-resource materials regarding the Protestant experience in the Pacific Northwest. The center sponsors workshops, symposia, and public lectures that focus on such issues as community engagement, and it currently administers a $500,000 sustainability grant from the Lilly Endowment that encourages Whitworth students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to engage in theological reflection regarding vocation.
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The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning continues to engage the community through the following:

Lilly Sustainability Grant: Completing the Vision: Sustaining the Commitment to the Theological Exploration of Vocation at Whitworth University

This $500,000 grant (Lilly Foundation, Inc.) was awarded to the college for purposes of sustaining the successful initiatives implemented by the first Lilly grant. More...

 


Certificate in Lay Ministry
The Certificate in Lay Ministry Program is designed to help train, equip, and support men and women to serve more effectively as commissioned lay pastors, Christian-education directors, lay-ministry coordinators, youth leaders, church administrators, church elders and deacons and church-office managers, as well as in a variety of other paid and unpaid leadership positions in local congregations.  More...

Certificate in Teaching the Bible
The Certificate in Teaching the Bible Program is designed to give pastors, Sunday-school teachers and lay ministry leaders greater insight into using the Bible more effectively with children, youth and adults. More...

Pastors' Reading Groups

The purpose of these groups is to help pastors and interested lay persons explore vocation and ministry through the reading and discussing of books related to these themes. Our hope is that these groups will provide intellectual stimulation, personal enrichment and warm fellowship as we engage in a significant conversation regarding the nature and purpose of the church in the 21st century. More

Institute for Rural Ministry
The institute is being developed in keeping with the Weyerhaeuser Center's mission to be a catalyst for innovative programs that transform the lives of faculty, students, clergy, and laity by assisting them in better understanding the dynamic between religion and culture in the Pacific Northwest. More

Institute of Ministry
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