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S3 (Sabbath, Study and Service) Project Updates

by Lifelong Learning Staff

 Andrew Walton and Skip Dunford (CTS M.Div. ’92 classmates) review project proposal at Feb. 2012 S3 Orientation Retreat

Group project applications are being accepted through September 21, 2012, for participation in Columbia Theological Seminary’s S3 (Sabbath, Study and Service) Project. S3 offers small, self-selected groups of clergy and other church professionals the opportunity to design and participate in learning projects that strengthen their practice of ministry. Groups will receive $500 per person to fund their self-directed group work. Participants must attend two retreats, one in February 2013, at the beginning of their year-long project, and another in February 2014.

The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications for each group member. Information and application materials are available here or by contacting director of Lifelong Learning and S3 Project coordinator Sarah Erickson at 404-687-4526 or Groups will be notified of acceptance by October 15, 2012.

"The project develops support groups, fosters skills and ideas for ministry, and offers opportunities for the development of creative approaches to learning,” Erickson says. Columbia’s role in the project is to provide resources, coaching, structure, and other support to the project’s peer learning groups. 

S3 Orientation Retreat 2012The S3 Project is supported with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and was one of the 64 original projects in the Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative. A total of 60 groups and 350 individuals have participated in S3 since it began in 2003. We’d love for you to consider joining that number in 2013!