Central has long raised up and strengthened leaders for ministry. Dozens have gone out from our congregation into full-time ministry. We’ve trained interns, hosted conferences, and mentored leaders. Additional nancial support will sustain our Summer Institute and will provide college students exploring ministry, current pastors, and others interested in this kind of learning environment, the chance to gather for 10-12 weeks for training and support. Central will be a training ground for future leaders in ministry and will provide the opportunity to do more than just “go to church.” We will continue to birth a future generation of church leaders. 

Central Avenue took a chance on me. I was not pastor material when I walked through those doors for the first time. In fact, I was kind of of a wreck.... I don’t know where I would be without Central Avenue, but I know for certain it would not be in service to God, the UM Church, and this Westwood congregation. For this experience at Central changed my life forever, and I will forever be grateful.
— David Lyell, Pastor at Westwood United Methodist Church