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.
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 applicants 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.
Thanks to the Thompson Scholars’ endowment, the program fee covers all meals on campus during the seminar and all course materials. The program fee for 2017 is $150 and includes eight meals on campus, refreshments, and all program materials. Housing is also available for an additional fee.
The program will take place May 2–5, 2017. As of Feb. 23, 2017, applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 program.
The topic for 2017 is “Evangelism and Social Justice.”
Recent topics include:
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
Applications are submitted online and are generally due in February. Applicants are notified by early March.
The 2017 application process closed on February 23, 2017.
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.