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Thompson Scholars Program

A selective lifelong learning opportunity, the Thompson Scholars program brings pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism to the seminary campus. The annual intensive study experience focuses on a variety of topics to prepare evangelism leaders for the future. The program is directed by Ralph Watkins, associate professor of evangelism and church growth.

Thompson Scholars 2014 will take place April 29-May 2 and explore the topic,  "A Different World: Evangelism for the Screen Share Generation." The number one device in the world today is the cell phone.  How do we share the gospel with a generation that lives through a mobile device? The seminar will focus on defining the new world we live and how we share the gospel with a generation that lives via the small screen.  We will look at the generation some call "the screen share generation" and consider how we might effectively build relationships and foster discipleship with them from the virtual world to the face to face world.

The application process is closed as of 1/6/14. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 15, 2014. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in the Thompson Scholars program within the past 5-10 years. This is a limited enrollment event, and we may not be able to accept all applicants.

The program fee of $150 will include seminar registration, on-campus meals and refreshment. Participants will be responsible for lodging costs, on campus or at a location of their own selection.

This program is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at the seminary. The Thompson Scholars program is part of the seminary’s comprehensive program in evangelism, which was initiated in 1981. This program includes not only lifelong learning opportunities, but also courses for basic and advanced degree students. Course work focuses on the church’s evangelistic mission in the rapidly changing context of North America and across the globe. Students wishing to emphasize evangelism and mission are urged to include an internship (from one summer to one year) in a teaching congregation with strong missional commitments.

For more information, please contact Sarah Erickson, director of lifelong learning, at or 404-687-4526.