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Arizona Pastors Receive Grant for Special Project

2005-01-05

Decatur, GA—A group of eight Presbyterian pastors from the Phoenix area have received a grant from the S3 Project of Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA. For the two-year program, the pastors receive approximately $1,000 each per year to fund a project that focuses on aspects of Sabbath, study, and service. Each participant also receives up to $300 in need-based aid for travel to the program orientation and subsequent annual meetings, which are held each August. Calling themselves “CREW” (Christians Reaching an Emergent World), the group includes Gloria Pulido, Orangewood Presbyterian, and James Uhley, Horizon Presbyterian Church, in Phoenix; Brant Baker, First Presbyterian, and Malcolm Davis, Church of the Master (PCUSA), in Mesa; Bruce Johnson, Scottsdale Presbyterian, in Scottsdale; Thomas Lineweaver, Bethany Presbyterian Church, in Glendale; John Poling, Morning Star Presbyterian, in Surprise; and Robert Simmons, Christ Presbyterian Church, in Fountain Hills. In their project proposal, CREW members say, “We recognize that there are models for being ministers and for being the church. These approaches merge in unique ways in various cultural contexts, but we are frustrated with their ineffectiveness in bringing about change in our communities.” The group’s project proposal states goals related to individual members’ personal transformation, as a prerequisite for corporate change, and related to the church as a community of disciples making disciples. They say they hope to develop transferable ideas, approaches, and skills for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing what they learn with the wider church community and perhaps launching a ministry that utilizes their insights. Columbia Theological Seminary’s S3 Project is funded with a $1.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment. The project offers opportunities for pastors of all denominations, working in small groups, to develop models for sustaining excellence in the practice of ministry. The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications for each group member. Applications for new projects are due April 22, 2005. Groups will be notified of acceptance by May 13, 2005. Each group is expected to attend an orientation workshop on the Columbia campus August 15-19. For information about the S3 Project or application materials, please visit http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong/continuing_education/s3.asp or contact Sarah Erickson, associate director for Lifelong Learning and S3 Project coordinator, at 404-687-4526 or ericksons@ctsnet.edu. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Out of 730 proposals submitted in 2003 and 2004, Columbia’s S3 Project is one of 63 “Sustaining Pastoral Excellence” grants awarded by the Lilly Endowment. Three other seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) also received grants. 


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