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

Ministry Now: leading through change with David S. Dockery

Destroyed dormitories, missing students, and an entire university thrown into chaos...and that was just in the first hour.

This week on Ministry Now, we met with David S. Dockery to discuss his experience as president of Union University during the tornado which nearly ended the school in 2008. In light of that experience, we discussed leading through crisis, weathering upheaval, and recovering from a disaster as a community.

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.

This week, we'll be meeting with Karen Kennemur to discuss children's ministry in the midst of COVID-19, including creative ways churches and ministers can continue to disciple children despite the limitations of quarantine and social distancing.


Announcements

Summer and Fall Courses Available

Choose from online, on campus, and 8-week terms:

  • Summer B (8-Week Term), starts June 29
  • Fall 2020 (online and on campus), starts August 17
  • Fall A (8-Week Term), starts August 24
  • Fall B (8-Week Term), starts October 19

Get Registered.

Off-Campus COVID-19 Resources
  • Mission Arlington
    • 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays
    • Mission Arlington has created a “drive thru” for people who are receiving food. This limits the amount of people in the building and the physical interaction between people, and it allows visitors to receive what they need from the privacy of their own vehicle. Mission Arlington is also delivering food and supplies to people who call in and are requesting assistance if at all possible.
  • Tarrant County Food Bank
    • Find Food: Be sure to call ahead to confirm pantry hours. That is the best way to ensure the pantry is open when the visit is planned. This resource is provided by the Tarrant County Food Bank and subject to changes. Call ahead or check their website for any updates.
    • Food Pantry Ministries

Learn more at swbts.edu/coronavirus


Campus News

Baptist worship leaders discuss ministry during pandemic, strategies for reopening

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s School of Church Music and Worship brought together more than 400 worship leaders across the nation in a May 29 webinar to hear faculty and state worship leaders discuss strategies for reopening in-person worship and related concerns.

As churches begin to consider when and how they will welcome people back to their church facilities in the coming weeks, music ministers face a lot of questions and concerns regarding how they lead their people in worship. The “Worship Ministry in a Pandemic” webinar featured four Southwestern Seminary faculty and 10 state convention worship leaders and consultants offering leadership perspectives.

Read more here.

Greenway brings ‘word of hope’ in ministry update to SBC

Even in this moment of “unprecedented challenge” brought about by COVID-19, President Adam W. Greenway assured the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) that “God is still doing an extraordinary work” at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In a pre-recorded report during the June 2 SBC Advance, a two-hour online event providing ministry updates from SBC entities, Greenway said, “It would be very easy for me to spend the time talking about all of the adversity, all of the financial challenges, all of the uncertainties that we have, but what I want to do in this moment is to bring a word of hope, a word of excitement.”

“Because I know that even in the midst of COVID-19,” he continued, “God has been working to continue to use Southwestern Seminary and our Southwestern Seminary faculty, students, and staff to make a difference that is meeting the needs and helping to change lives even in this moment.”

Read more here.