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Columbia Theological Seminary Offers May 10-14 Program on Ministry Beyond Sunday Morning


Decatur, GA.— Columbia Theological Seminary has announced its 2004 Thompson Scholars event, “Where’s God on Monday? Empowering God’s People for Everyday Ministry,” May 10-14, on the Decatur, GA, campus. Designed for pastors, the event includes workshops led by nationally recognized Christian leaders in business and ministry. The cost is $120, which includes lunch each day of the conference. The first 15 pastors who apply and who serve churches with fewer than 150 members are eligible for financial assistance to cover the cost of on-campus accommodations and meals. Dent Davis, Columbia’s vice president and dean of lifelong learning, says, “Much of the time we train people only for activities within the church, even though the majority of their time is spent in families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. Many people do not think about the possibility that they may be called to “ministry” in their Monday-through-Saturday worlds.” During the 2004 Thompson Scholar Program, pastors will have the opportunity to evaluate many of their own perspectives regarding God’s mission in the world, the nature of the church, and the goals of training and leadership. They’ll also get the chance to develop fresh biblical understanding of work, ministry, laity, and witness inside and outside the church. Finally, pastors will be able to formulate a number of practical strategies for empowering and equipping people to leave a spiritual legacy in their every-day world. Columbia’s Steve Hayner, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and former president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, is one of several outstanding leaders for the 2004 Thompson Scholars Program. The team also includes Pete Hammond, director of The Word in Life Study Bible project and co-author of The Marketplace Annotated Bibliography; former White House staff member Karen Moy, who now runs a consulting business and writes curricula on how to be God’s people in the workplace; and Alex Gee, pastor of a multiethnic congregation in Madison, WI, author of Jesus and the Hip-Hop Prophets , and a nationally recognized conference speaker and business consultant. The Thompson Scholar Program was established in honor of Dr. Cecil Thompson, professor of evangelism at Columbia Seminary from 1946 to 1967. The endowment provides the opportunity for pastors to engage in intensive study and reflection in evangelism, as a crucial aspect of the church’s mission. For more information, please call 404 687-4562, or e-mail Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was founded in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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