Thriving in Ministry

The School of Theology has launched a new monthly webinar series, “Thriving in Ministry,” focused on the practice of ministry and funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

The first in a five-part series, “Preaching Year B,” begins on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. CST. Teresa Fry Brown, Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology will join William Brosend, professor of New Testament at the School of Theology, in a discussion of the texts, themes, challenges, and opportunities of preaching in Advent and Christmas in this season of our national life. The discussion will be followed by a Q & A. In the coming months Brown and Brosend will be joined by guest preachers and teachers as they explore preaching in Epiphany, Lent and Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. Details may be found in the section "Preaching Year B."

In 2021 the series will expand to feature webinars on scripture, theology, pastoral care, spirituality, ethics, preaching, and other topics. Speakers include Greg Ellison, Paula Fredriksen, Walter Fluker, Wil Gafney, Frank Griswold, Amy-Jill Levine, Tom Long, Donyelle McCray, Kathryn Tanner, and others. The series will be moderated by William Brosend.


Fellows-in-residence are clergy and laity who spend two weeks at the School of Theology for a time of reflection, recreation, study, and sharing in community. While there is no formal program, fellows are provided with faculty consultants, if they so desire, and opportunities to attend classes and other University events.

The School of Theology is now accepting applications for the fellows-in-residence program. Fellows visit for two weeks to pursue their own programs of academic study and spiritual refreshment, and to share in the seminary community. There is space for three fellows in each term. Each successful applicant receives a $500 fellowship and faculty supervision. Next available date: April 8–19, 2021

Application deadline for either of these dates: June 5, 2020
To apply, please send the following required documents:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Dates preferred
3. 500–600 word statement about your project

You may email your letter of application along with the above to Sarah Limbaugh.

Doctor of Ministry

The Advanced Degrees Program at the School of Theology is a summer residency program designed for clergy who have been in ordained ministry for at least three years. Classes are held for three weeks each summer on the campus of the University of the South. Beyond the broad scope of the classic doctor of ministry program, it allows for concentrations in liturgy and preaching. There is a master of sacred theology for those interested in an advanced degree with a more academic focus.