This Week on the Hill: Thanksgiving meal, new Research Doctoral Studies initiatives

| Nov 17, 2020

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

Hunger is a problem in your city. Here's how your church can help.

Last week on Ministry Now, SWBTS alumna Katie Frugé shared how hunger and food insecurity is affecting communities just like yours, and how your church can start working today to address this crisis.

This week, Travis Kerns, associate professor of apologetics and world religions, will be sharing about his own church-planting experience, and how "secular" skills can be a powerful asset in missions work.

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


Class registration now open

Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College can now register for Winter courses, 8-week courses, and the entire Spring 2021 semester. 

Visit to explore available classes.

Globalization and Missions Strategies (MISSN 3373)

Missions is different in the twenty-first century. People groups who were once inaccessible are now moving to our neighborhoods right here in the United States, and your church has the unprecedented opportunity to share the gospel with those who’ve never heard, and this class will give you the tools you need to mobilize every member of your church for global missions.

And this winter, you have the chance to learn missions strategies from two veteran IMB missionaries, Dr. Amanda Dimperio and Dr. Hal Cunnyngham. 

Visit to learn more.

Thanksgiving meal in the Food Hall

Everyone is invited to a special Thanksgiving meal in the campus Food Hall on Wednesday, November 18, 11am-1:30pm!

Carved turkey and ham will be served, along with traditional sides and desserts. Meal swipes, cash, credit, and Dining Dollars accepted.

Campus News

New Research Doctoral Studies initiatives encourage student engagement, development

Developing core competencies and increasing effectiveness for Kingdom service are two aims of new initiatives launched by the Research Doctoral Studies office at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, says Jonathan Arnold, RDS director.

The first of these initiatives, the ThinkerSpace for Scholar Innovators, will provide opportunities for further academic development beyond students’ degree programs through engagement and collaborative training among students, faculty, alumni, and visiting scholars. These opportunities include certificate programs such as the Certificate for Teaching Excellence, which comprises a series of workshops and a two-semester teaching assistantship with a mentor professor.

“We will help them become excellent pedagogues, able to teach effectively in a variety of settings,” Arnold says. “ThinkerSpace for Scholar Innovators will fill the gap between academic excellence and real-life usefulness. The goal of ThinkerSpace is to ensure that our RDS students develop various competencies alongside the content-specific expertise received in the seminars and the library.”

Read more here.

Please welcome our newest team members:

  • Erin McGrew, Student Accounts Coordinator in Student Financial ServicesMr. Duane Danis, Associate VP of Facilities Planning and Management, Facilities