About the Center

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 attracts Baptist and other emerging leaders from around the world for conferences, sabbatical leaves, and to pursue research and educational programs.

Located on the Mercer’s Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta, the Baugh Center partners with the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology as well as other programs throughout the University. The center actively connects with cultural, congregational, denominational and business leaders to fulfill its mission.

Baugh Center Initiatives

Baptist Deacon Network is a group of Baptist Deacons gathered by states who are interested in conversation and communication between deacons and clergy as a resource and support in their life and ministry.

Exemplars: Deacons as Servant and Spiritual Leaders.  This study work book is designed to encourage and inspire deacons and other lay leaders to reach their fullest potential through study, prayer and conversation among deacons and with clergy.

Lay Leader Resources: The Baugh Center offers articles of interest and fosters conversation in local congregations related to lay leadership issues.  The “Table and Towel” is a Baptist Deacon Network newsletter established to offer encouragement and inspiration to Baptist Deacons. The Baugh Center is in the process of producing a new resource for Sunday school teachers, bible study leaders and small group conveners from the teaching ministry of Eula Mae Baugh.

Events and Consultations: The Baugh Center convenes and conducts retreats, seminars and summits for deacons and other lay leaders. In addition, the center provides consultation and counsel to diaconates and other lay leaders in local congregations.

The Christian Leadership Formation Program is an initiative to develop lay leaders who “think and act with the mind of Christ.” It will include modules of learning including church history, old testament, and spiritual formation and offer participants to opportunity to earn a certificate.