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Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Thompson Scholars


The Thompson Scholars program for 2014, A Different World: Evangelism for the Screen Share Generation, will take place April 29 – May 2, 2014 on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus. This annual event brings together pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism. The program will be led by Ralph C. Basui Watkins, associate professor of evangelism and church growth.

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 "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.

This is an application-based program. Qualified applicants will be accepted until we reach maximum enrollment. For an application form, click here. The application deadline has been extended to January 6, 2014. 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.

The program fee of $150 includes the course fee, on-campus meals and refreshments. Participants are responsible for their housing and transportation; on campus housing is available.  This program is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at Columbia.

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

Columbia Theological Seminary shares a commitment of "educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world." As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of lifelong learning courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people.

Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning

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