This Week on the Hill: Greenway addresses racism, Kennemur provides children’s ministry resources

| Jun 22, 2020

"This Week on the Hill" is a weekly roundup of campus news, announcements, and events from Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College.

How COVID can grow your worship ministry

Worship is more than music.

Last week on Ministry Now, we met with Joseph Crider to discuss how the challenges of COVID-19 can lead us toward a deeper understanding of what worship is and how we can more fully worship God together, even when we're apart.

Dr. Kennemur is the associate professor of children’s ministry and Bessie Fleming Chair of Childhood Education here at Southwestern Seminary.

This week, we'll be joined by SWBTS alumnus Steve Gaines and his wife Donna, discussing how to fight for our families when global crises bring marital conflicts.

Ministry Now is a resource from Southwestern Seminary, helping you live your calling in an ever-changing ministry landscape. Episodes air at 10am CT on Facebook and YouTube Premiere.


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Summer "B" classes begin June 29, so get registered today.

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Campus News

Last day to register for free Disaster Relief training

This week, the World Missions Center will be holding a virtual Summer Missions Focus on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This will be an opportunity to learn about present and upcoming missions opportunities, including a free virtual Disaster Relief ministry training with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention:

    • June 25th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM via Zooms
    • Registration Deadline: June 23rd @11:59 PM

This course will give you an orientation into Disaster Relief ministry and help you to safely work in disasters. Upon completion of the session and proper documentation, you will be credentialed as an SBTC Disaster Relief volunteer.


In Juneteenth message to seminary community, Greenway calls for ‘justice and righteousness’

In a campus-wide letter on June 19, President Adam W. Greenway “repudiated” racism and called on The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary community to model “what it looks like for followers of Christ to live and learn alongside each other in a spirit of unity.”

“To our Black brothers and sisters, we affirm that Black lives do indeed matter,” Greenway wrote. “But this statement is simply the bare minimum affirmation, for Black lives do not just matter – Black lives are made in the image of God, Black lives are loved, and Black lives are worthy of being treated with the inherent dignity bestowed by God Himself.”

Coming on the annual celebration marking the ending of slavery in the United States, Greenway concluded, “On this Juneteenth in the year of our Lord 2020, I stand alongside all my Black brothers and sisters in calling for justice and righteousness to flow like a mighty flood, and as we move forward together as a seminary and college community, I pray you will join me in this stand.”

Read more here.

Kennemur connects with children’s ministers nationwide through regular Zoom callsCenter for Church Revitalization to provide ‘virtual interim preaching and music’ for churches in need

During the coronavirus pandemic, Karen Kennemur, associate professor of children’s ministry at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has connected digitally with preschool and children’s ministers across the nation in order to discuss ministry amidst COVID-19.

When the pandemic began, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) launched a COVID-19 resources team that included Kennemur, who also serves as children’s ministry associate for the convention. Among the resources offered are weekly Zoom meetings with different demographics, including pastors, youth leaders, and women’s ministers. Kennemur has hosted meetings for preschool and children’s ministers, as well as meetings with special-needs ministers.

Read more here.