Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership

The Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership at Mercer University offers academic programs and promotes research initiatives that bring students, professors, pastors and other Baptist leaders into collaborative relationships. It also attracts Baptist leaders and emerging leaders from around the world for conferences, sabbatical leaves, and to pursue research and educational programs. The Baugh Center draws on the resources housed on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta, such as the national offices for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the American Baptist Historical Society, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, the Center for Theology and Public Life, as well as other programs throughout the University. 


To develop Christ-like Baptist leaders for church and society

Core Values

The Center’s core values are qualities that effective Baptist leaders embody:

  • Faith — Guided by the ministry example of Christ and strengthened by the Holy Spirit
  • Collegiality — Humble enough to learn from others in a spirit of freedom and trust
  • Competence — Diligent in duty, attentive to responsibility
  • Excellence – Striving for the best and being unsatisfied with the mediocre
  • Imagination — Being creative and curious with vision and passion 
  • Integrity — Having moral, financial and vocational authenticity 
  • Wisdom — Able to think biblically and theologically, as well as critically and relationally
  • Courage — Unafraid of complex issues, hard decisions, conflict and opposition
  • Patience — Able to receive criticism and endure difficulty
  • Love — Show respect, care and empathy for others