Strategic Initiatives

As technology saturates our world with newer tools for communication and the processing of information, the Charlotte campus increasingly reaches beyond the boundaries of its state and region. Through new distance-learning programs, the Charlotte campus is having an international impact, both among future leaders and current leaders seeking additional training and lifelong learning.  Take a few minutes to listen to our Dean, Dr. Tim Laniak, describe these initiatives and the vision that inspires them.


The Eight Strategic Initiatives


Community Building Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries of theological education by extending campus offerings to non-traditional prospects as well as offering greater opportunities for Christian reflection and interaction in larger venues. Imagine an African and Asian describing work going on in their country, showing images and video, and then shifting to a live video link to a leader there (a GCTS grad!).

Distance Learning Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries of contextualized theological education. Increasing student participation in the teaching and learning process as these relate to the latest technological developments in relationship developing ministry leadership. Imagine a church planting class that requires students to record interviews in their region and produce a simple video to show the class and, more importantly, their core group.

Technology Enhancing Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries of traditional teaching through technology where a Bible professor, using artifacts to teach biblical archaeology, can teach to sites all over the world from one room.

Public Education Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries of theological education through larger classrooms to accommodate hundreds of new students in both degree and certificate offerings to constituencies in the southeast, Imagine a BibleJourney or Cooley lecture providing quality instruction to 300 people in person and hundreds or thousands who may be connecting online. Imagine this room, reconfigured into three classes, being used in our Theological English as a Second Language initiative.

Student Life Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries through intentional relationship building. Intensified efforts of student advisement, mentoring and discipleship, spiritual counseling, and academic advising will help students keep more focused on moving through their degree program


Collaborative Learning Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries through multi-ethnic leadership cast to multiple sites.  Imagine an international professor (here an African) teaching the history of the African church with video feeds from his tablet to the center screen, a group of students in a satellite site, and a powerpoint presentation on the right screen. As with the assembly space, the professor might choose to have a video conversation with leaders or students or another seminary class live on one of these screens.

Spiritual Renewal Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries of theological education by providing students with intentional opportunities for formal and informal gatherings intended to shape their theological and biblical thinking. Imagine arriving on a Friday afternoon prior to a weekend class and receiving personal soul care in a worshipful space.

Experiential Learning Initiatives

Expanding the boundaries of theological education by becoming the premier seminary for research through the Robert C. Cooley Center, the Green Scholars Intitiative and the Robert E. Cooley chair in early church history. Imagine specialists from other parts of the world providing presentations to students in live or pre-recorded video. Note that the current library will move to new space with a design more suited to collaboration and research among both hard and soft (electronic) resources. Break out rooms (here and throughout the building) will provide space for quiet or discussion based research.