The Mathena Center serves the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by providing pastoral resources and training to help in recovering and revitalizing the most at-risk churches in the convention. The Center accomplishes its mission by training students for revitalization, mentoring pastors doing revitalization, and counseling churches needing revitalization.

Internship

Church revitalization is a difficult and essential ministry. The Mathena Center internship prepares aspiring pastors for this crucial work. The Internship will provide an academic foundation, and practical experience in the “three legged stool”. Pastoral Theology, to be equipped to care for souls in struggling, dying churches. And understand what it takes to pursue your church’s holiness. Healthy Ecclesiology, what leaders and programs make up a healthy church? How do we, by God’s grace, move unhealthy churches to health? Personal Soul Care, to shepherd the flock of God. And learn to care for your own soul and the souls of those that God has entrusted to you. Please contact us with any questions at revitalize@sbts.edu

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Meet Our Team

Brian Croft

Senior Fellow

Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding.

Eric Bancroft

Fellow

Eric Bancroft serves as the Senior Pastor of Castleview Church. He has also served as an associate pastor at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Timothy Beougher

Fellow

Dr. Beougher serves as the Associate Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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