Scholars Week

October 16-17, 2018, Memphis

Memphis Theological Seminary is proud to launch Scholars Week, a new academic program which will bring the full MTS community together – students in all degree programs, alumni, faculty, staff, and community supporters – in scholarly reflection on a relevant topic for the practice of ministry.

About Scholars Week

This extended time for scholarly community and fellowship will allow participants to customize their Scholars Week experience, dedicate time for academic advising and mentoring, share formative conversation beyond the classroom, and network with area ministries and community programs in the information fair. For alumni, Scholars Week offers a homecoming experience for reunion, mentoring, and continuing education.

For our Inaugural Scholars Week event, MTS presents the William T. and Virginia H. Ingram Lectures featuring Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas speaking on Mentoring and Pastoral Identity. Dr. Thomas has authored numerous books, including How To Preach A Dangerous Sermon (2018), An Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching (2016), They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God (2013), and many more!

Mentoring Panel – Virzola Law, Earle Fisher, & Frank Thomas

Rev. Virzola Law and Rev. Earle Fisher, both mentored by Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas, will join him for a panel Q&A on mentoring and pastoral identity. Law now pastors Lindenwood Christian Church, and Fisher pastors Abyssinian Baptist Church, both in Memphis.

Equity for Women in the Church – Calling in the Key of She

Equity for Women in the Church will offer their Calling in the Key of She workshops for clergy and religious leaders addressing the gap of female leadership in Protestant churches by educating and empowering congregations to become more “female-friendly.”

Rev. Kamilah Hall Sharp – The Gathering

MTS alum Kamilah Hall Sharp will share about the Womanist congregation she co-pastors, The Gathering, in Dallas, TX, offering new models of pastoral ministry and congregational life.

Martha Lyle Ford – Thriving in Ministry

Martha Lyle Ford, MTS’s new Co-Director for the Center for Faith and Imagination, will present on clergy formation for thriving and sustaining in ministry.

Cumberland Presbyterian House of Studies

The Cumberland Presbyterian House of Studies will offer a full-day of workshops on Wednesday, October 17, led by CP pastors and denominational leaders addressing the challenges and joys of pastoral ministry.