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Columbia Theological Seminary offering group study grants to clergy and church professionals



Decatur, GA. Applications are due September 30, 2011, for group study grants available to clergy, educators, and other church leaders through Columbia Theological Seminary’s S3 Project. S3 (Sabbath, Study, Service) offers small, self-selected groups of clergy and other church professionals the opportunity to design and participate in year-long learning projects that strengthen their practice of ministry. Groups will receive $500 per person to fund their self-directed group work. Participants must attend two retreats, one in February, 2012, and another in February, 2013.

The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications from 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. 

“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). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit

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