First twelve TDPers launch new program at CTS

Mar 15, 2013 | The Discipleship Project


The first go at any new project is usually somewhat experimental. The first cohort selected for Christian Theological Seminary’s new Discipleship Project (they call themselves TDPers) is embracing the opportunity to test the project’s goals of community building and spiritual formation. 

The Discipleship Project offers 12 full-tuition scholarships plus stipend to 12 full-time residential M.Div. students. In addition to completing the M.Div. curriculum, the students meet with faculty mentors Profs. Bill Kincaid and Wilma Bailey, as well as local church and community leaders for an immersive experience in academic preparation, spiritual formation, community outreach, and church ministry.

At their gathering retreat in August 2012 at St. Meinrad’s center in southern Indiana, the TDPers covenanted to share spiritual disciplines, meet weekly, and support each other in their seminary studies. Additionally, the students engage seminary-wide activities and foster a rich community life throughout the school. The group is learning as they go about building trust, accountability, respecting each other’s traditions and backgrounds, and growing into a faithful expression of the body of Christ.

The students selected as the first cohort include Annettia Brookes-Rankin, Baptist, from Indiana; Daniel Dempsey, UCC, from Indiana; Elizabeth Diop, Disciples, from Kentucky; Michael Dodds, Disciples, from Indiana; Claressa Ford, Non-denominational, from Indiana; Sarah Frische-Mouri, UCC, from Indiana; Nick Green, Disciples, from Idaho; Eddie Journey, Baptist, from Indiana; Maggie May, Disciples, from North Carolina; Paula Niebert, Disciples, from Indiana; Faith Peterson, Non-denominational, from Georgia; and Derrick Williams, Missionary Baptist, from Indiana.

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