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Thompson Scholars: Evangelism in Ministry, May 29-June 2, 2007


Decatur, GA—Applications are being accepted for “So What Is the ‘Good News’ Anyway”, a Lifelong Learning event to be held May 29-June 2 at Columbia Theological Seminary. Leading the seminar is Steve Hayner, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth and facilitator of the Thompson Scholars/Evangelism and Ministry program. Pastors and evangelism committees frequently encourage those in the congregation to “share the Gospel” with others in their congregations and in their wider community. But what is the “Gospel”? How do we “give account for the hope that is within us?” Participants will explore with a small group of pastors the possible answers to these questions, as we reflect on how we talk about the Gospel in this day of rapid change and cultural diversity. We will also wrestle with some of the questions that the Gospel seeks to answer, and how we might give faithful witness using words and language that fit the context. The all-inclusive program fee of $150 includes housing (double occupancy) at the Holiday Inn Select in downtown Decatur and all meals except breakfasts during the event. Single rooms are available at an additional cost of $290.00. The modest registration fee has been made possible through the financial support of gifts in honor of Dr. Cecil Thompson, that are dedicated to the support of the work of evangelism in the church. Applications are due by March 1 and must be submitted via e-mail to Sarah Erickson at The application must include the applicant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, church, and e-mail—and the answers to two questions: 1. Sharing your definition of the “Gospel”, what are the pressing issues surrounding the Gospel message we share? 2. Why would you like to participate in this event? Participation is limited to 15 individuals, who will be selected on the basis of their answers to the questions. Those selected will be notified by March 15 and will receive a list of suggested readings. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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