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 the seminar is $175.00. It includes eight meals on campus, refreshments, and all program materials. Guest housing on campus is also available for a reasonable rate and may be reserved at the time of acceptance and completion of registration.
We regret that “Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation” will not take place this spring.
Recent topics include:
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
An updated application for 2019 will be posted when the program planning is completed in summer 2018. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars.
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.