The Center for Pastor Theologians is a broadly evangelical organization dedicated to recruiting, networking, and resourcing pastor theologians to provide faithful written, intellectual and theological leadership on behalf of the church, in light of the cultural challenges and opportunities of the late modern world.


Theology Conference

Every October the CPT hosts a theology conference in Chicago. Learn more about past conferences and the upcoming 2018 conference on spiritual formation.


Learn more about published CPT resources including our IVP Academic conference seriesthe Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology, and The Pastor Theologian. 


The CPT hosts four pastoral fellowships, each of which meet annually to assist one another in the writing of ecclesial theology on behalf of the church.

The Art and Science of Spiritual Formation


Recent advances in neuroscience, the explosion of the mental health service sector, and the prominence of psychological research in American culture have changed the conversation in the church about mental health. To what extent has this new focus been helpful for Christian reflection on spiritual formation, and in what ways has it run counter to the life-transforming claims of the gospel? The 2018 CPT Conference will bring together the best insights of three fields of study—theological anthropology, spiritual formation, and modern psychology—with a view to articulating a whole-person theology of the mind, heart, body and brain, as well as exploring how best to love and care for victims of abuse and neglect. We invite you to join us.


Ecclesial Theology and the Late Modern West


Each of our four CPT fellowships is meeting over the 2017–18 academic year to discuss this year's symposium topic: Theology After Darwin. Each symposium will take a different angle on the recent history of theological reflection, including Christology, theological anthropology, the atonement, and original sin. Theological consultants include Daniel Treier, Marc Cortez, Todd Billings, and Oliver Crisp. Papers presented at these symposia will be published in volume 6 of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology in 2019.



New From CPT and IVP Academic


This volume includes essays and presentations from the 2016 CPT conference on human sexuality. Contributors include Wesley Hill, Richard Mouw, Beth Felker Jones, Todd Wilson, and many more. Essay topics include male-female identity, gender dysphoria, same-sex love, Tinder culture, and pastoral ministry to the sexually broken. Now available on Amazon and at other booksellers.



From IVP Academic

Perhaps no issue is as urgent for the church today, or confronts it with as many questions, as human sexuality: What does it mean to fulfill God’s will through our sexuality? To what extent should our sexuality define who we are? How can we navigate cultural trends around sexuality while being faithful to Scripture?

Based on the 2016 annual CPT conference, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians who seek to answer the urgent questions concerning human sexuality. Contributors engage with Scripture, draw on examples from church history, and delve into current issues in contemporary culture, including embodiment, marriage, homosexuality, pornography, transgenderism, and gender dysphoria.

Beauty, Order, and Mystery tackles difficult questions with discernment in order to offer a theological vision of faithful human sexuality for the church.