Good Faith Media and The Center for Church and Community Impact (C3I) at Baylor University have established a formal partnership to create educational opportunities for C3I students.
GFM and C3I will collaborate on projects focused on urban ministry, social justice, pastoral care and social work over the next year, with the opportunity for annual renewals of the agreement.
“At the Garland School of Social Work and through the work of C3I, we strive to provide an authentic, meaningful educational experiences for our students. Connecting them with communities and congregations through research and practical application in the field is vital to that mission,” said Gaynor Yancey, C3I’s director and Lake Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Congregational and Community Health at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
“Disseminating research, knowledge and practical application opportunities through partnerships like we now have with Good Faith Media takes it beyond the classroom doors, even beyond the church doors,” she said. “We are excited about the work that will be produced through this relationship because it means that not only are our students the beneficiaries, but also more congregants, community members and laypeople will benefit from it.”
Students will be selected by C3I faculty and staff to work with GFM staff in a variety of initiatives. These include:
- Writing opinion columns for publication on GoodFaithMedia.org and in GFM’s Nurturing Faith Journal.
- Serving as guests on GFM’s Good Faith Weekly
- Developing multi-part video series in conjunction with GFM’s media producer.
Class credit will be offered as part of these collaborative endeavors at the discretion of the C3I faculty.
“Good Faith Media looks forward to working with the faculty, staff and students associated with Baylor University’s Center for Church and Community Impact,” said Mitch Randall, CEO of Good Faith Media. “Providing students the opportunity to publish columns and produce multi-media projects is an exciting partnership empowering all parties. GFM is committed to working with talented and skillful students emerging as the next generation of church leaders.”
The Center for Church and Community Impact is a national research center established as the Center for Church and Community Ministry in 1996 at Southern Seminary by Diana Garland.
The center was moved to Baylor when Garland became the inaugural dean of Baylor’s School of Social Work and the name was changed in 2017.
The center exists to strengthen congregations as they engage with their communities at the intersection of faithful witness and community transformation by providing resources in these areas: vulnerable children, individuals and families, care and hospitality, difficult conversations and wellness.
Launched in July 2020, Good Faith Media is the result of a merger between two historic Baptist entities: Baptists Today (operating as Nurturing Faith) and Baptist Center for Ethics (operating as EthicsDaily.com).
Through four primary offerings – news + opinion, video + podcasts, books + journal and group experiences – GFM provides reflection and resources at the intersection of faith and culture through an inclusive Christian lens.
Reflection and resources at the intersection of faith and culture through an inclusive Christian lens.