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Pastor Attends Thompson Scholars Program at Columbia Seminary


Decatur, GA.—Rev. April Love-Fordham, pastor at Calvary Presbyterian in Marietta, GA, participated in the 2007 Thompson Scholars program held May 29-June 2 at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA. Steve Hayner, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia, led seminars for the event, which was titled “So What is the ‘Good News’ Anyway?” Summarizing this year’s event, Hayner says, “This group of scholars worked hard at integrating and applying the work they were doing together on campus to their own particular contexts. Conversations often moved from the primary topic to related topics, such as what it means to be a ‘missional church,’ how the Gospel can be communicated to emerging generations, how congregations can be encouraged to witness to their faith more freely, and what paradigms of evangelism are helpful in a pluralistic culture.” The Thompson Scholars program supports the work of evangelism in the church and is made possible through the financial contributions in honor of Dr. Cecil Thompson, professor of evangelism, rural church, and mission at Columbia from 1946 to 1967. The event is open to both clergy and laypersons, but only 15 participants are selected each year. Announcement of the 2008 program will appear under “News & Events” on the CTS Web site ( in December 2007. 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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