School of Divinity

The Pittman Center for Congregational Enrichment

Welcome to the Pittman Center for Congregational Enrichment. The Center's purpose is to offer educational and enrichment opportunities for both laity and clergy who are not enrolled as degree-seeking students in the School of Divinity. Our goal is to be a full-service provider to the churches by delivering a full range of support services to congregations.

 

The Center offers classes, seminars, and conferences on the Gardner-Webb University campus, at various off-campus sites, and soon, on-line, as continuing education for growth in ministry. For clergy, the Center, through its CCE Continuing Education program, offers church staff team-building retreats utilizing Gardner-Webb's beautiful campus facilities, as well as classes in worship, preaching, and church administration. For the laity, the Center's Lay Institute of Religion offers classes specially designed for laypersons which include courses in the Bible, theology, teacher training, deacon ministry, and church leadership, as well as courses in spirituality and health/wellness.

 

You are especially invited to be a part of one or several of these opportunities for spiritual enrichment. Join with other Christians of various denominations in developing a dynamic spirituality that is itself a powerful witness in the twenty-first century. Our hope is to enable Christians "to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18).

 

History

In 1999, the University launched the Center for Congregational Enrichment as an auxiliary of the School of Divinity. In the fall of 2004, the Center was renamed the James and Ganell Pittman Center for Congregational Enrichment. The Pittman Center’s purpose is to address the need for competent leadership in the local church by providing quality religious educational opportunities for laity and continuing education for clergy who are not enrolled as degree-seeking students in the School of Divinity. The Pittman Center offers classes, seminars, and conferences on the Gardner-Webb University campus and at various off-campus sites.


The C.O. and Eliza Greene Lectureship on Pastoral Ministry

The C.O. and Eliza Greene Endowed Lectureship was established in 1993 in honor of the Reverend and Mrs. C.O. Greene of Lawndale, North Carolina. The Reverend Greene served for approximately fourteen years as Director of Missions for the Kings Mountain Baptist Association. Prior to that ministry, he served as pastor of four churches in Cleveland County and of two other churches in North Carolina. The lectureship, administered by the School’s Center for Congregational Enrichment and funded by family members, friends, and members of churches where the Reverend Greene served as pastor, was established to preserve the legacy of excellence in pastoral ministry which characterized his ministry. The lectureship addresses various dimensions of pastoral ministry.