Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation is the topic that the Thompson Scholars will explore April 24-27, 2018 at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus.
Designed by a team of leaders steeped in the practices of ministry, visual and performing arts, tradition and entrepreneurial leadership, the seminar seeks to equip participants with a paradigm of how to lead in times of change, using new tools to reach more people with the Good News, while acknowledging the deep roots of tradition. Ralph Basui Watkins, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, Columbia Theological Seminary and pastor at The Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, and Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., associate professor of ministry at the seminary, presiding elder in the Atlanta District, Georgia Conference, A.M.E. Zion church and musician, will moderate the seminar and present on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Marcus Johnson, jazz keyboardist and CEO of FLO Brands, will lead the seminar on Wednesday, April 25. The group will have a chance to visit a local jazz club to hear and see the jazz improv in its secular context as well.
“The program will explore how jazz as an art form can influence the practice of ministry. Improvisation, which is central to jazz, will be highlighted as way to encourage creative responses in this time of intense and rapid change.” states Watkins. “I’m excited that Marcus Johnson can join us on Wednesday, to share his insights about how improvisational leadership – at the keyboard, in the board room, in communities of faith – can play out.”
To complete an application, click here. The application deadline is January 26,2018 and applicants will be notified in February. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars. For additional information, including a link to the application, click here.
A program fee of $175 covers all course-related fees, eight meals on campus during the event, refreshments, and access to the online course site. Pre-course preparation will include required reading and participation in online discussions. Participants are responsible for their housing and transportation; on campus housing is available.
The Thompson Scholars program is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at Columbia, making it possible to offer the seminar at a lower cost to participants than comparable programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
For more information on the Thompson Scholars program, or for information on any other classes, please visit the Center for Lifelong Learning page here.