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Columbia’s S3 Project Offers Group Study Grants to Clergy and Church Professionals



Decatur, GA. Group project applications are being accepted through September 30, 2011, 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 self-directed group work. Participants must attend two retreats, one in February, 2012, at the beginning of their year-long project and another in February, 2013.
The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications for each group member. S3 brochure and application materials are available at S3 Information and Application 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 14, 2011. 

“The project develops support groups, fosters skills and ideas for ministry, and offers opportunity for the development of creative approaches for learning,” Dr. Erickson says. Columbia’s role in the project is to provide resources, coaching, structure, and other support to the project’s peer learning groups. A total of 54 groups and 321 individuals have participated in S3 since it began in 2003. 

The S3 Project is supported with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., which has awarded the seminary a five-year grant of $648,863 for continuation of the project. “Columbia’s S3 Project was one of the 64 original projects in the Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative,” reports Dr. Erickson. “We are delighted to receive the continuation grant and look forward to working with new groups in the coming years.” 

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Genie Hambrick
Director of Communications

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