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When you have questions, where do you go? We strive to be a church community that welcomes questions.


Welcome to Faith Forum—

a safe place to have

in-depth and open conversation

on relevant topics.

Look below for our UPCOMING SCHEDULE.

Faith Forum: Called to Be Free

A Conversation on Racial Healing through Spiritual Formation

Date: August 20, 2023

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jerry Taylor

August 20

Guest Speaker

Dr. Jerry Taylor

August 27

Panel & Table


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Our second Faith Forum will be "Called to Be Free: A Conversation on Racial Healing through Spiritual Formation," facilitated by Dr. Jerry Taylor. The event will be on Sunday, August 20th featuring 3 sessions from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

What do you need to do? Just show up! We’ll kick things off at 8:30am. For teens and adults attending, we’ll have a light breakfast and coffee during the first session which will be in Sneed Hall. We will move to the Worship Center for a time of worship and the second session. For those participating in the third session, lunch is provided between sessions, and the final session will be back in Sneed Hall.

Childcare (including breakfast) is provided starting at 8:30am through the end of the event to give parents the opportunity to participate in Faith Forum.




Light Breakfast & Coffee Provided (Sneed Hall)


Session 1 (Sneed Hall)


Session 2 & Sunday Worship (Worship Center)


Lunch Provided for Those Attending the Third Session 

(Sneed Hall)


Third Session (Sneed Hall)


SPEaker bio

Dr. Jerry Taylor is the Associate Professor of Bible, Missions and Ministry at Abilene Christian University. In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. In 1988 Dr. Taylor received a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and went on to complete his doctorate in ministry at Perkins School of Theology in 1995. Prior to moving to Abilene Dr. Taylor and his family served in the Bankhead area of the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia. On top of serving as the Director of the Carl Spain Center, Dr. Taylor travels extensively speaking on college campuses, conferences, and retreats. He is the author of “Courageous Compassion." He has begun many initiatives such as the New Wineskins Retreat, the National Freedom in Christ Conference, the Young Scholars Retreat, and most recently the Racial Unity Leadership Summit (RULS) and RULS Spiritual Retreat. He is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor formerly of Houston, Texas. They have been married for 26 years and have two children, Alisha (26) and Jeremiah (22). The Taylor family lives in Abilene, Texas.

We interviewed Dr. Jerry Taylor for our podcast as a preview to his time here at Central on August 20. Listen to the conversation here!

WHAt is faith forum?

When you have questions, where do you go? We strive to be a church community that welcomes questions. Introducing Faith Forum—a safe place to have in-depth and open conversation on relevant topics.

As a follower of Christ, you desire a relevant faith in today’s culture, and you want to be faithful to God in all you do. But you’re faced with polarizing topics and may feel pressure to pick a side. More than that, you may question what a faithful, Christ-like response should be. We understand the uncertainty you are faced with, and we see the need to address these important topics.


We are providing Faith Forum to look at relevant topics, equip you with deeper knowledge, and to generate open dialogue in our church community. Our second Faith Forum is August 20, and we’re excited to have Dr. Jerry Taylor as our guest speaker. We invite you to attend and participate in Faith Forum. We hope to help you grow in depth of knowledge and open the door for further conversation. May God use this event to move us from where we are today to being better equipped to converse with one another and consider difficult topics through the context of our faith community.



We want to promote an open posture and faithful approach to topics we experience in our culture. Faith Forum is intended to be a time of extended learning and immersion in each topic paired with open conversation. As a church, we will follow the initial Sunday experience with more opportunities to process and dialogue about what we’re learning.  We strive to be a church community that welcomes questions. Faith Forum is a safe place to discuss relevant topics and have in-depth conversation. Let’s ask our questions together.

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Continuing the conversation

We strive to be a church community that welcomes questions.

And we know that one Sunday is not long enough to dive into these topics.

Please be watching for details on these upcoming follow-up conversations.

08.27.23 - Combined Class: Panel & Table Discussion (Sneed Hall)

08.30.23 - Curriculum Training for Follow-Up Classes (Commons)

09.03.23 - Follow-Up Dialogue in Classes

09.10.23 - Follow-Up Dialogue in Classes

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