The Thompson Scholars program brings pastors and other church leaders with an interest in evangelism, to the seminary campus each spring.
This annual intensive study experience focuses on a variety of topics to prepare evangelism leaders for the future. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, serves as director.
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.
Who Should Consider this Program
The program is open to clergy serving in congregations and other settings of ministry, Christian educators, lay pastors, judicatory staff, and in some cases other leaders fully involved in the life of the church who have an interest in evangelism in general and the annual topic under consideration.
Preference will be given to participants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars.
The seminar takes place over 3 days, generally Tuesday afternoon – Friday morning. Dr. Watkins and other leaders design a learning experience that draws on the knowledge and expertise of the leaders and participants alike.
Dates and Costs
April 26-29, 2022 Baptism and Belonging: Creating, Being, and Becoming Beloved Community
The 2022 seminar will be led by Dr. Lisa M Weaver, Assistant Professor of Worship. Dr. Watkins tapped Weaver to lead the seminar during his sabbatical. Registration will open early summer 2021. The program fee will be $175, which includes three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. Housing is additional.
Recent topics include:
2021: The Disciple-Making Church: To Grow the Future, We Visit the Past (canceled)
2020: Postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic
2019: Tell Me Your Story and I’ll Know Why I Should Come to Your Church
2017: Evangelism and Social Justice: Re-imagining Evangelism for Such a Time as This
2016: Can They See Your Church? Evangelism in the Digital Age
2015: Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development
2014: A Different World: Evangelism for the Screenshare Generation
2013: Evangelism: A New Scorecard
2012: Breathing Life into Young Adult Ministry
About the Thompson Scholars Program
Thompson Scholars began in 1981 and is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at the seminary.
For more information, please email Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning, or call 404-687-4526.