The Center for Community Engagement and Evangelization
The purpose of the Center for Community Engagement and Evangelization is to advance the preaching and teaching mission of Aquinas Institute by serving ordained and lay ministers, both locally and globally, who strive to pursue the Truth of Jesus Christ from the middle of the Church.
In particular, the Center will address topics and offer programs that promote pastoral leadership for evangelization, preaching, administration and community-building. The Center will also provide a hospitable space for disengaged members of the Christian community to participate in dialogue with other religious and civic institutions for the mutually-beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.
In addition, it will provide opportunities for active members of the Christian community to participate in in dialogue and to share with one another the important cultural, social and religious issues of our time, especially as these affect the Church and our theological and ministerial communities.
The Center for Community Engagement and Evangelization is being made possible by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.
The Lilly Endowment has funded Aquinas Institute $1 Million through its Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face as they prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.
The complete press release regarding the award can be found here.